Jennifer Lenhart (USA), Class'07

Jennifer Lenhart (USA), Class'07

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle where I studied International Studies and Development. Beyond academics, I have spent time in many fields. Among these, I was employed at the International Programs Office at UW and spent a year volunteering with children’s education in Les Cayes, Haiti and several months in Antigua, Guatemala. Additionally, I have worked with sustainability education for an NGO, (Sustainable Seattle) and with emerging environmental policies in Seattle, working with International Sustainable Solutions. From these experiences and past study in both Sweden and Thailand, I recognized the need to protect and promote the environment whilst working in both a local and an international context. Thus, an international master’s was extremely attractive.     

I selected MESPOM for its unique approach to solving and understanding today’s environmental issues, its specific examination of various European methodologies and because the faculty and staff were receptive, approachable and informative from the beginning. Additionally, each university involved has strength in a specific field of study. This is reflected in the quality of lectures we receive. As a North American student, it offers an enriching and global perspective regarding present environmental challenges. This international approach offers a crucial link to solving many of the problems of environmental degradation that are inherently interlinked. MESPOM has thus attracted students from diverse backgrounds and the courses reflect this diversity in a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental harms. I am extremely happy with my decision to join MESPOM, the staff, the courses and the opportunity to engage in an international learning atmosphere in various European cultures. Upon completion of the programme, I can only reflect upon the learning, the opportunity and the adventure that was MESPOM. I know that if given the choice to do it again, I would gladly accept both the challenge and the opportunity of this master’s programme. It has provided intensive learning, ample networking through conferences and internships, the development of relevant and applicable skills and tools; as well as the encouragement to work hard to support emerging environmental campaigns in diverse fields. Beyond the learning environment, I look forward to counting my fellow classmates and professors as life-long friends and colleagues in the support of emerging environmental challenges and solutions.