Coe College - Center for Community Engagement


ACE Spotlight: Marissa Hedlund

Skylor Andrews | 10.10.2017

Continuing our series of highlighting Advocates for Community Engagement, October’s ACE Spotlight features Marissa Hedlund, a junior Chemistry and Physics double major. Her area of focus is environmentalism.

Skylor Andrews: What do you do for fun?

Marissa Hedlund: I like to go for walks in nature, watch good movies, play video games, cook, and spend time with my loved ones.

SA: What activities or events will you help plan and facilitate as an ACE?

MH: Everything is still in the planning stages, but I am currently hoping to facilitate an e-waste collection event on America Recycles Day (Nov 18th), and also want to host a big, all-campus event on Earth Day (Apr 22nd).

SA: What drew you to your area of interest? How did you get involved with it?

MH: In middle school, I started reading into a lot of environmentally themed-issues like water pollution from waste, agriculture, and industry, the energy crisis, recycling, global warming, etc. I initially believed that myself alone could not make a difference in the grand scheme of human impact. Though around age 14, I started doing small things like picking up trash off the side of the road, converting to vegetarianism, growing my own food, and forcing my family members to recycle. In general, protecting the environment is something that I am passionate about because we need it way more than it needs us; we need clean water to drink, soil to grow food in, and air to breathe to survive, and we (as a collective) are really messing that up.

SA: Well said. What does service-learning mean to you?

MH: It means giving up a little bit of time out of your day to do something beneficial for someone/something bigger than yourself.

SA: What advice would you give to someone looking to get involved with your area of interest?

MH: Contact me! I know plenty of ways one can get involved on campus or an individual level, let alone branching out to organizations in the CR community.

SA: What is one takeaway you’ve learned from your experience with OCE, volunteerism, and/or service-learning?

MH; Confidence. I feel a little bit better about myself knowing that I have taken, but also given back.

If you’re interested in connecting with Marissa, you can email her at [email protected]

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