Meet Meghan Barker '17

Meghan Barker at her work study position in the Center for Sustainable Communities.

Majors: Environmental Studies and Political Science

Work Study Position: Project Manager for the Center for Sustainable Communities

Meghan is a key player when it comes to getting the word out about sustainability. Not only does she compile and publish the sustainability newsletter twice a month, but she also provides outreach for the Environmental Studies Pre-College Program and manages the center's social media sites.

How did you get the job?

I attended a Sustainability Council meeting out of pure interest as a first-year student and at the end I introduced myself to the assistant director for Luther’s Center for Sustainability. I asked if they needed any volunteers for upcoming projects. Instead, I was offered a work-study position.

What have you learned about yourself in this role?

I’ve learned that I do my best work when I work for an organization or entity whose mission and end goals line up with my personal values. I’ve also realized that I know how to balance multiple projects at once and effectively communicate what goes on behind the scenes to make Luther a sustainable place.

Has the job surprised you in any way?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I’ve been able to attend a variety of conferences and educational opportunities because of my role in the center. Also, the connections I’ve made in just a semester of working there helped me find a paid internship in my hometown the summer after my first year, which is not something a lot of people can say.

How do you see your work study experience affecting your future?

When I graduate, my work study position will serve as 3.5 years of experience in sustainability marketing that I can automatically add to my resume. Also, the connections I’ve made with the staff in the Center for Sustainable Communities will benefit me in networking and finding opportunities after graduation.

What do you like best about the position?

I like that I can take any idea I have related to campus sustainability to my bosses, and they are always open to turning my ideas into actions. They are really interested in what the students want to happen (related to sustainability) and will do everything they can to help see things through.