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Kelly Dobroski ’16
I first became involved with the Center for Environment and Society through the Chesapeake Semester, which I participated in during the Fall of my sophomore year (2013). The Chesapeake Semester is what initially drew me to Washington College, and I am thankful that CES supported me from that moment through graduation in 2016.
I came to Washington College knowing I wanted to pursue Environmental Science, but was unsure about what career path I wanted to pursue. I received tremendous support from my mentors at CES to follow all my options both at the college and beyond.
I began my time at CES serving as an office assistant and social media generator. I was a part of the initial establishment of the Chester River Watershed Observatory (CRWO), providing input for website design and educational tools. My main role was to generate educational content for the CRWO Facebook Page. During my second year at CES, I began working with the new STEM Coordinator and Educator and learned how to develop lesson plans meeting Maryland standards for grades K-12. These opportunities prepared me to excel in my experiences off the Washington College campus.
I was fortunate to participate in research experiences and education experiences through different outlets. I conducted research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory. I studied sea turtle behavior and microplastic abundance, respectively. I served as a Chesapeake Bay educator at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and taught over 1,000 students throughout my 12-week position. I would not have gained the skills I now possess without these experiences, and without my time at CES.
I am now pursuing my Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment to focus on Coastal Environmental Management. My culmination of experience during my time at Washington College provided me with a wealth of knowledge to prepare me for any career path, and I am excited to see where this next journey takes me.