Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation
President, University of Arizona ASLA Student Chapter
Toulon, France and Midland, Michigan
Songs of Haute Ville: Strategies for Resilience in a Rural Heritage Landscape
I was brought here to grow plants and chew bubblegum. And I’m all out of bubblegum.
– Roudy Roddy Pepper
This has been a life-altering experience. It is with a heavy heart that I write these words, as I would love even more to say them to my classmates in person. I am SO happy to have found the field of landscape architecture and all the ways it can contribute to human health and the stewardship of our built and natural heritage. In my classmates I’ve found kinship through a shared love of creativity, sustainability, community and PLANTS, and I am forever grateful for the experience of learning and growing alongside my talented cohort. This is a disheartening time to move into the wide world of careers, but my spirit is bolstered by the determination and resourcefulness which I’ve witnessed within us over the past three years. I’d like to conclude with an expression of hope: may we find rejuvenation in the natural world, may we continue to experience the joy of creative growth and, finally, may we keep sight of that which inspired us to come here in the first place. Love!