Ana Diaz ’12 always had an interest in the environment but expected to pursue it “on the side” while focusing on economics during college. But at Wells she learned how she can pursue her interest in global climate change within the context of an economics career.
Working toward that goal, Ana interned during the summer in Washington, D.C. with the National Wildlife Federation, helping them lobby on Capitol Hill for stricter environmental regulations. As a part of a program with the Fund for American Studies, she also took economics and policy courses and an internship practicum at Georgetown University.
“Being on Capitol Hill and doing meaningful work is very rewarding,” said Ana, who discovered a passion for lobbying work. “I even once jogged with a congressman for two minutes to give him a quick run through of why he shouldn’t vote for a particular bill.”
Several weeks prior to walking the halls of the Capitol Building, Ana spent time in the United Nations building in New York City. As an officer of the Wells Model UN, she helped lead the Wells delegation, which won an honorable mention for their engagement at the national conference. Culminating in a ceremony in the General Assembly room at the UN, the conference gave Ana the opportunity to debate pressing world issues with student delegates from thirty counties.
“I love to connect with people from around the world, and to learn about their experiences and points of view on important issues,” she said. “It’s inspiring.”
Ana is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.