Jordan Daigle, Maine
Recently, we caught up with NCF-Envirothon Alumni - Jordan Daigle, Maine
Jordan is currently at Harvard University, majoring in Engineering Sciences with a focus on Chemistry. Jordan is interested in how engineering can positively impact the environment. In the future, he wants to work in the field of water purification.
How did you get involved with Envirothon? I got involved with Envirothon because of my mentor in high school. He had been my teacher in middle school, and he recommended that I get involved with Envirothon. He had always given me great advice, so I joined!
How were your experience with Envirothon?I attended the Maine State competition all four years of high school, and I attended three international competitions: Ontario, Maryland, and Idaho.
Interested in the environment how/when did your interest start? My interest in the environment stems from my family. I would go fishing with my brother, father, and grandfather in some of the most pristine areas of Maine, near Mt. Katahdin. If you are ever lucky enough to visit Northern Maine, you would immediately understand why I became interested in environmental science. I am grateful for where I grew up, and I believe everybody should be able to enjoy nature in its purest form.
Are there any skills that you learned through Envirothon that you currently /continue to use? Absolutely. Of course, there are a lot of technical skills that I use in my classes, but I firmly believe that the skill I use the most is the way that Envirothon trains you to think. The problems in our world today are not one dimensional-- they are complex issues with no clear solution. Therefore, being able to think about creative solutions that are good for the environment, are economically feasible, and are good for society is critical for making any progress in issues such as climate change and water pollution. Being able to view a problem from more than just your point of view is not just helpful in a helpful in an academic sense, but also in the workplace and in society.
What do you think students gain from participating in Envirothon? I believe that if you fully immerse yourself in the Envirothon experience, you will gain problem solving skills, communication skills, presentation skills, a deep appreciation for the environment, and make connections with leaders in conservation.
Do you think Envirothon is a valuable program? Why? Of course! It will take you places that you would never go, it allows you to meet extremely intelligent and passionate people, and it teaches you about the natural world, business, much more. In fact, it was so valuable to me that I wrote about Envirothon in my college application essay.
All in all, did you enjoy your Envirothon experience? Yes! In high school, Envirothon was the most fulfilling extracurricular that I participated in. I love that Envirothon is a team activity, as you become very close with your teammates. The people are just one of the reasons that Envirothon is fun, but there are plenty of other reasons such as the swap meet and the field trip day.