College Park Scholars has been coordinating an annual theme for four years—starting with “Trash: The Problem of Waste in Our Lives and Our World” in the fall of 2015. The annual theme gives our students, who tend to spend most of their Scholars classroom time within their individual programs, an opportunity to interact across programs.
When Sophia Burton first entered college, she had little idea what major she wanted to declare, much less what career she wanted to pursue.
“I never planned it out this way,” says Burton, who graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD) in 2007 and currently works on migration issues in Germany. “I’m not saying one shouldn’t have a plan, but for me it was never like, ‘I know I want to be an engineer or a lawyer.’”
Her lack of a plan, however, was made up for by a passion that even those with clear-cut career aspirations sometimes lack.
This year, for our 2018–19 annual theme, "Migrations: Populations and Practices on the Move," we have been asking our Scholars faculty and staff to share how they are connecting the theme to their respective programs. The first entry in this series, "3 Questions With..." was with Tim Knight, director of the Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars program.