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BES Student - Karim, Afeefa

Afeefa Karim
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Area of Concentration: 
Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization & Justice / Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2012
"One of the most attractive features of the Environmental Studies Program at York is its broad understanding of the environment as containing the physical, human and non-human, social, economic, political and emotional conditions. The program presented me with the opportunity to choose from a myriad of intriguing courses that served to compliment and fortify my points of interest as well as to broaden my understanding of other environmental issues. I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis and I hope that one day it will serve as a valuable tool to inform policy towards ethical and sustainable practices.”
Afeefa chose the Environmental Studies Program at York because it gave her the opportunity to combine her interests in social and environmental justice with her interests in the economic and political processes of development and globalization. She decided on the Environmental Politics Area of Concentration because it allows her to study how political forces are transforming local and global landscapes. She also thinks that her ability to have her voice heard equally in FES governance is another positive characteristic of the program. Afeefa is confident that the BES program has given her the skills, knowledge and tools to tackle the larger problems which frame everyday life and to lend her voice to those who have none.
Afeefa Karim

BES Student - Karim, Afeefa

Afeefa Karim
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Area of Concentration: 
Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization & Justice / Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2012
"One of the most attractive features of the Environmental Studies Program at York is its broad understanding of the environment as containing the physical, human and non-human, social, economic, political and emotional conditions. The program presented me with the opportunity to choose from a myriad of intriguing courses that served to compliment and fortify my points of interest as well as to broaden my understanding of other environmental issues. I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis and I hope that one day it will serve as a valuable tool to inform policy towards ethical and sustainable practices.”
Afeefa chose the Environmental Studies Program at York because it gave her the opportunity to combine her interests in social and environmental justice with her interests in the economic and political processes of development and globalization. She decided on the Environmental Politics Area of Concentration because it allows her to study how political forces are transforming local and global landscapes. She also thinks that her ability to have her voice heard equally in FES governance is another positive characteristic of the program. Afeefa is confident that the BES program has given her the skills, knowledge and tools to tackle the larger problems which frame everyday life and to lend her voice to those who have none.
(Class of 2012)
Area of Concentration:
Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization & Justice / Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies
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BES Student - Kozhukh, Gabrielle (Gabby)

Gabrielle (Gabby) Kozhukh
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Area of Concentration: 
Urban and Regional Design
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2013
“When I was choosing between schools I was really indecisive. It’s really difficult to choose your path at such a young age. I finally decided that FES would be the best fit for me because I was interested in Urban and Regional Environments. Knowingly, if my interests changed, the program offered me the flexibility to switch areas of concentration. Notwithstanding, the apparent and consistent support from professors has always been exceptional. One of the best parts of the program is knowing that even with such an enormous campus, I have the ability to be at HNES and surround myself with great people, great energy and most importantly interact with students that have similar interests and end goals. “
Gabby has always been intrigued with ways in which she can contribute in helping different communities understand the benefits of sustainability, innovation and environmental consciousness. Therefore, when considering other universities, she chose the FES program at York because it gave her the chance to actualize her current interests into a useful set of skills in areas of sustainability, environmental technology, energy sector and planning. As she has progressed through the program, participated in numerous environmental activities, and real life experience in the field; she has gotten clarify on her prospective environmental career path. Though she is interested in Urban and Regional Environments, Gabby knows that because of the flexibility at FES, she always has the opportunity to explore environmental opportunities, get inspired by the community and feed those experiences back to her degree.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Kozhukh

BES Student - Kozhukh, Gabrielle (Gabby)

Gabrielle (Gabby) Kozhukh
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Area of Concentration: 
Urban and Regional Design
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2013
“When I was choosing between schools I was really indecisive. It’s really difficult to choose your path at such a young age. I finally decided that FES would be the best fit for me because I was interested in Urban and Regional Environments. Knowingly, if my interests changed, the program offered me the flexibility to switch areas of concentration. Notwithstanding, the apparent and consistent support from professors has always been exceptional. One of the best parts of the program is knowing that even with such an enormous campus, I have the ability to be at HNES and surround myself with great people, great energy and most importantly interact with students that have similar interests and end goals. “
Gabby has always been intrigued with ways in which she can contribute in helping different communities understand the benefits of sustainability, innovation and environmental consciousness. Therefore, when considering other universities, she chose the FES program at York because it gave her the chance to actualize her current interests into a useful set of skills in areas of sustainability, environmental technology, energy sector and planning. As she has progressed through the program, participated in numerous environmental activities, and real life experience in the field; she has gotten clarify on her prospective environmental career path. Though she is interested in Urban and Regional Environments, Gabby knows that because of the flexibility at FES, she always has the opportunity to explore environmental opportunities, get inspired by the community and feed those experiences back to her degree.
(Class of 2013)
Area of Concentration:
Urban and Regional Design
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BES Student - Reid, Kurt

Kurt Reid
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Area of Concentration: 
Urban and Regional Design
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2014
“I was interested in focusing in Environmental Management in university. I researched several universities, and I must admit, many were offering very good programs. As I did some more research on York University and FES, I realized that it was offering one of the best programs in Ontario. I also found the areas of concentration and the numerous BES joint programs to be beneficial.”
As a student in this faculty, Kurt has had the opportunity to study issues through a variety of perspectives on cultural, social, political, and economic issues through a human health lens. By taking the fundamental courses offered in first year, he has discovered his interest in Urban and Regional Environments. Kurt plans to learn more on how to create and plan urban settings with the environment in mind. In addition to his academic interests, Kurt pursues a variety of volunteering activities. He is involved with the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance where he holds a position on the advisory committee and is a member of the Las Nubes Student Association working as an event coordinator. Furthermore he is involved in peer mentoring for Environmental studies and Approaches to Education for Sustainability. Kurt continues to remain active in a mentoring capacity helping undergraduates prepare for graduate studies.
Kurt Reid

BES Student - Reid, Kurt

Kurt Reid
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Area of Concentration: 
Urban and Regional Design
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2014
“I was interested in focusing in Environmental Management in university. I researched several universities, and I must admit, many were offering very good programs. As I did some more research on York University and FES, I realized that it was offering one of the best programs in Ontario. I also found the areas of concentration and the numerous BES joint programs to be beneficial.”
As a student in this faculty, Kurt has had the opportunity to study issues through a variety of perspectives on cultural, social, political, and economic issues through a human health lens. By taking the fundamental courses offered in first year, he has discovered his interest in Urban and Regional Environments. Kurt plans to learn more on how to create and plan urban settings with the environment in mind. In addition to his academic interests, Kurt pursues a variety of volunteering activities. He is involved with the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance where he holds a position on the advisory committee and is a member of the Las Nubes Student Association working as an event coordinator. Furthermore he is involved in peer mentoring for Environmental studies and Approaches to Education for Sustainability. Kurt continues to remain active in a mentoring capacity helping undergraduates prepare for graduate studies.
(Class of 2014)
Area of Concentration:
Urban and Regional Design
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BES Student - Rodrigues, Sarah

Sarah Rodrigues
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Area of Concentration: 
TBD
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2014
“I love that the Environmental Studies program is not just about the environment and that I also get to learn about topics such as social justice issues and civic engagement which I find very interesting. Not only do I think that I will eventually find a career linked to environmental studies, but I know that this program has already begun to provide me with more insight. I am more aware of the issues that the environment is linked with, and in the classroom, I feel free to express all of my opinions and perspectives. I am so happy that this program turned out to be more than I had expected. I am already looking forward to my second year, where I will begin my studies in an area of concentration. It will be difficult to decide which path I will take next because the options are all very intriguing.”
Sarah is in her first year in the Environmental Studies program at York. She became interested in the BES program after discovering the diverse learning opportunities available such as the Las Nubes Field Course. She also liked that the program stood on its own, unlike many other universities where this sort of degree is part of an Arts program. She feels that the smaller Faculty size has helped her to get to know her peers and develop friendships. The support she has received from her new friends has helped her find success in the program. Though only in her first year of the program, Sarah already has a good idea what her interests are, she will be studying international development in relation to the environment as well as other topics in the coming year. She is already looking forward to her future academic career and sees possible graduate studies at York as a definite possibility. She is also confident that the insight and experience she is gaining in the Environmental Studies program will open many career paths and opportunities for future learning.
Sarah Rodrigues

BES Student - Rodrigues, Sarah

Sarah Rodrigues
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Area of Concentration: 
TBD
Expected Year of Graduation: 
2014
“I love that the Environmental Studies program is not just about the environment and that I also get to learn about topics such as social justice issues and civic engagement which I find very interesting. Not only do I think that I will eventually find a career linked to environmental studies, but I know that this program has already begun to provide me with more insight. I am more aware of the issues that the environment is linked with, and in the classroom, I feel free to express all of my opinions and perspectives. I am so happy that this program turned out to be more than I had expected. I am already looking forward to my second year, where I will begin my studies in an area of concentration. It will be difficult to decide which path I will take next because the options are all very intriguing.”
Sarah is in her first year in the Environmental Studies program at York. She became interested in the BES program after discovering the diverse learning opportunities available such as the Las Nubes Field Course. She also liked that the program stood on its own, unlike many other universities where this sort of degree is part of an Arts program. She feels that the smaller Faculty size has helped her to get to know her peers and develop friendships. The support she has received from her new friends has helped her find success in the program. Though only in her first year of the program, Sarah already has a good idea what her interests are, she will be studying international development in relation to the environment as well as other topics in the coming year. She is already looking forward to her future academic career and sees possible graduate studies at York as a definite possibility. She is also confident that the insight and experience she is gaining in the Environmental Studies program will open many career paths and opportunities for future learning.
(Class of 2014)
Area of Concentration:
TBD