My name is Julie Oh and I am one of the first students of the EMAP program. Prior to coming to Georgetown University, I majored in Geography/Environmental Studies and minored in Education Studies at UCLA. The learning curve may be steep to those who do not have a scientific background, but every class is intended for those who have the willingness to learn and rewards those who show the effort to try. I highly recommend utilizing the summer chemistry boot camp; I wish I had the option when I joined! The curriculum is set to help you learn what you did not know regarding the environmental science (specifically metrology) and policy field, not to recall what you already know. I mainly recommend the EMAP program because of the great internship opportunities. All faculty, staff and students are willing to help one another to be able to reach the goals they wish to achieve when starting EMAP.
My main passion is environmental education, as I truly believe that environmental problems (especially climate change related impacts) should be tackled proactively, instead of reactively, because it is too late when we notice the changes. My goal in life is to bridge the gap between the environmental science and policy, in order to further implement environmental science as a core curriculum of American Public K-12 education. In order to do so, it is vital for proper communication to happen between policymakers and scientists. I can strongly say that EMAP has equipped me for the skills that I have been seeking to get one step closer to my goal.