I'm Marshall, but you can call me Moose - most people do. I am a Geology-Biology major at Brown. Some of my friends tell me they are jealous of me because I know what I want to do in my life, and I am passionate about doing it. It's true, but here’s the thing: I have no idea how to get there. I have taken a winding path thus far, and I wouldn't trade it for the world, because in exploring I have learned. Let me explain.
My childhood was spent sneaking off on my bike to local streams and lakes in Texas and later Virginia to explore and to catch lizards and fish. In high school, my love for the outdoors lead me to take an Environmental Science class and found my calling. I want us as a people to do as every generation before us has strived to do - improve human welfare - but to now do it in a way that doesn't destroy our habitat and resources (as well as that of our children). It seems simple enough.
Since, in my search for just how to do this, I have taken policy and environmental classes, switched majors four times, volunteered in government science agencies, taught science, and embarked on 'nature adventures' from corner to corner of the US (literally). I learned that making change is hard for one person to do. But, I also opened my mind to new ideas and experiences, learned about myself, and most recently found that education is the key to success in my goals – it’s the way I can make a difference.
In learning how to teach in an inner-city school mentoring program, I also learned about the far-reaching effects of a lack of affordable housing. In many ways, it was a revelation for me. Thus far, I have gotten a lot of joy out of ‘attacking’ our environmental problems at their base, through education, and I hope to both learn about how to improve affordable housing issues and receive that same sense of accomplishment from working with companions at Bike & Build to change environmental, educational, and social issues at their base through working to provide affordable housing.
Now that I have told you my story I will tell you about myself – if I were an animal besides a moose I would be a sea otter. Also, I love lakes, kayaks, bell peppers, peanut butter, and getting out of the comfort zone and doing something I have never done – I think it opens up my mind. Oh yes, and lastly, I love bikes – riding them, building them, looking at them, anything dealing with them. I couldn’t think of a better way to make widespread ‘ground-level’ change in housing and awareness of housing issues than to travel by bike, and build.
|Marshall has currently raised $4,545.|
That's 114% of his $4,000 fundraising goal.