After working as an intern for the past two summers at the U.S Green Building Council in Washington, D.C., Tess Wiggins ’12 ‘s hard work paid off with an interview over winter break and a recent job offer.
“I want a job where I can make a difference and impact the communities we live in. We are in a critical time period of our lives and it’s up to our generation to make a difference,” says Wiggins. As a native of Maine, Wiggins fondly remembers her early appreciation for the wilderness and her family trips to Baxter State Park in Northern Maine every summer. “One summer, it just clicked for me,” Wiggins says, “if I want more places like Baxter to exist and thrive, I need to be part of the change.”
In the summer following her sophomore year, Wiggins interned for the USGBC, creating a series of stop-motion tutorial videos for the agency’s website. During the following summer, Wiggins edited and improved the design of the agency’s website. In her new position, Wiggins will work on special projects with various sectors of the company.
She credits her adviser, Associate Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Faculty Paul Kehle, with encouraging her to come to HWS as a prospective college student four years ago, but also with urging her to take on a second major of environmental studies.
As an urban studies and environmental studies double major with minor in sociology, Wiggins is also co-captain of the William Smith rowing team. “Rowing has been a huge part of my life at HWS and without it, I would not have fully developed the personable qualities that helped me land the job,” she said.
Wiggins has also been an active participant on the Campus Greens committee, in the P.R.I.D.E. association and travelled abroad to Vietnam during her junior year.