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School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

September 25, 2018

Woman standing on road wearing ASU shirtSophomore Justice LeVecke originally wanted to be a nursing student — and only a nursing student. Now, she’s double majoring in sustainability and nursing at Arizona State University, all because of a high school program that made her realize she “could do more in [her] career and during [her] life with a background in sustainability.”

During her time at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, LeVecke took an Advanced Placement Environmental Science course that was eligible for School of Sustainability college credit through a partnership with ASU. Read more in her Q&A about how she got inspired to continue with sustainability:

Question: What did you like about the ASU Sustainability School @ Mountain Pointe program?

Answer: The ASU sustainability course I took through Mountain Pointe really broadened my knowledge of the issues related to sustainability. I realized my passion for sustainability in that course. The teacher that taught the course was very beneficial as well since I had traveled with her on a school trip to the Amazon Rainforest a couple years before taking her course, and I knew that she was very enthusiastic about the topics she taught.

Woman with brown hair smilingQ: Why did you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the School of Sustainability?

A: I realized I could do more in my career and during my life with a background in sustainability. It would help me tackle some of the larger issues we are facing as a society.

I was not sure about going into sustainability and figured that I would not be able to fit both nursing and sustainability into my time in college. Taking AP Environmental Science in high school through ASU and talking more with Colin Tetreault about ASU's sustainability program were the key reasons that I decided to double major in both fields.

Q: How you plan to apply sustainability to your future career?

A: I plan to get my Doctorate of Nursing Practice after completion of my undergraduate degrees. With that and my track of International Development in Sustainability, I plan to travel and work to fix health problems in developing countries while also trying to find ways to stop these issues from occurring in the first place.