Meet Kenya Hare
Year: Sophomore | Major: Environmental Science | Hometown: San Diego, California
Why did you choose environmental science as a major?
“It is a passion of mine. Everybody should be passionate about it. It’s our planet; it’s where we live. And I just kind of developed a relationship with the world around me and with nature, so it only made sense that I dedicate myself to it.
What are you hoping to do with your education?
“There are so many pathways. There’s sustainability, resource management, conservation, research. I really quite frankly don’t know, but I’m interested in all of them.”
For people who aren’t in your field, what would you want them to know?
“A lot of times Earth is something that can be saved, but we choose not to until it’s too late. It’s kind of one of those ‘human fate’ type of things. This world has always had mass extinctions. It’s always recycled itself. The Earth can shake us like a case of bad fleas. I heard that quote, and that’s just what it is.”
If you could spend an afternoon with anyone, who would it be and why?
“Frida Kahlo because she’s just amazing. She’s the epitome of love, pain, and triumph. I love her story. I love her paintings. And she was a real rebel character.”
Do you see yourself as a rebel?
“Definitely. I challenge people to think outside of their norm. I like to make the unconventional known to people so that way they can be comfortable with it. I’m very open with myself, with my body, with my thoughts. I like challenging people to think outside of what society has taught them.”
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
“Georgia has a solar power company coming to I think Clay County, and it’s bringing a solar-powered plant to the rural part of Georgia. It’s bringing $89 million in profit, so that’s really exciting.”