5 Questions for Liz Sarno
Liz Sarno is a recent graduate from American University with a degree in environmental science and minor in Chinese language. She lives in Arlington, Virginia where she works at a consulting firm that works directly with the federal government. After going abroad to Beijing in undergrad, Liz developed a love for traveling and trying new things. She also spent a month doing trail and campsite restoration in the Rocky Mountains, which developed her love for camping, backpacking and Colorado. As an environmentalist, Liz has a real appreciation for spending time outdoors, health and fitness, and locally grown food.
What work do you do and what lessons from Eco Practicum do you apply at your job?
As a consultant, I help solve problems for the Federal government. Eco Practicum helped me develop my communications skills with my peers-a trait very useful in a large consulting firm. Additionally, Eco Practicum developed my passion for agriculture and experimental, hands-on learning. This drew me to work for a firm that has a large presence at the USDA, as well as get involved in initiatives that are student and youth led.
What are the most fulfilling and most challenging parts of what you do?
The most fulfilling part of this job is knowing that your work directly affects people living in this country. The most challenging parts would have to be time management and meeting the client’s, the firm’s and your own expectations.
Describe a moment or situation that helped you realize your passion?
Honestly, participating in Eco Practicum really developed my passion and knowledge about the agricultural crisis in this country. It was a great way to supplement my education outside of the classroom. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain class I took really developed my passion for Public Lands Management.
What advice do you have for people looking for meaningful work?
Think about what kind of work makes you happy and try to identify what job will enable you to do that. You can also get involved in activities outside of work that will feed your passions-be creative! And there’s no harm in trying something, not liking it and switching jobs. It happens to the best of us.
What’s one thing you think everyone should know how to do?
Everyone one should know how to stop a running toilet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled with this—youtube and wikihow are life savers!
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