After her environmental science research program was cancelled indefinitely in early 2020, Hannah Sween (Theta Upsilon-Loyola/Chicago) knew it was time to re-evaluate her career plans. “I thought to myself, ‘Am I pursuing environmental science because I wanted to work in the field or the lab discovering solutions? Or am I pursuing it because I wanted to help others understand our global environment and how best to protect it?’” After some soul searching, Hannah determined it was the latter.

After undergrad, Hannah hopes to serve in the Peace Corps, earn a master’s degree in environmental education and go on to work for the National Parks Service. But to achieve her goals, she would need to pursue opportunities to gain teaching experience.

The Kappa Delta Foundation provided Hannah with an internship opportunity with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore this change in direction,” Hannah says.

Hannah Sween (left) and fellow intern Laura Reitze

Her summer spent with working with the O’Keeffe Museum helped Hannah gain valuable job and life experience. “I had the opportunity to create several lessons over the summer and got to see the students get excited about learning. I now feel incredibly well equipped to handle any situation that is thrown my way. I can confidently say that I am heading down the path I was destined for, and I owe that to the Kappa Delta.”