Student Yasiri Nunez, standing next to text

Major Spotlight
Yasiri Nunez, Class of 2019
Major: Environmental Science

Yasiri Nunez

Year: Junior

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Major: Environmental Science

Campus Involvement: Marketing Chair for HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement)

Fun Facts

Favorite meal at the View: MAC AND CHEESE BAR!
Fun fact: I have an extra tooth in the middle of my face.
Favorite thing about St. Thomas: I love the campus and the awesome professors.
Best study spot on campus: The top floors of OSS and OWS near the chemistry department.

What advice do you have for students who are exploring majors?

I would say explore everything. Take a class you never thought you would like and just experience it. Something may click and you’ll know that is what you’re meant to do. Talk to people and go to different academic clubs or job fairs to meet people who work in your field of interest.

What drew you to this major?

It’s hard to say exactly what it is, but I have always been fascinated with the world, our environment and frankly just the weather. I always had questions that led to another and another, and after some time I'd realize that I had spent a couple hours on my computer researching the formation of clouds or the crystallization process of igneous rocks. I think it’s extremely important for people to understand our planet and how it functions in order to create solutions for environmental problems.


What core class has surprised or influenced you the most?

My favorite core class was Intro to Sociology because it was an amazing class with an awesome professor. I learned so much about different people and the way society functions. I also took Race, Gender and Sexuality for my English requirement that was so much fun because the readings were very engaging, and I learned a lot about myself.

What have you learned about yourself by being an Environmental Science major? 

I learned that I love the outdoors, but I am not nearly as outdoorsy as I thought I was since the last time I went camping.