by Lindsay Saperstone, International Communications Coordinator
The real world can be an intimidating place. By the real world, I mean the world outside of being a student, a global traveler and serial volunteer – identities I have embraced over the past few years as I made deliberate decisions to spend my time doing what makes me happy and what gives me a sense of purpose. Now, at 28 years old and a master’s degree in hand, I am making my way into the so-called real world of gainful employment. For me, having a full-time job is not the intimidating part, I have had many jobs before. Nor is it giving up on my passions for learning, traveling and volunteering. The intimidating part is holding on to that passion in the job force, it is fighting the competitive job market to do something, well, that matters.
As the newest addition to Trees, Water & People (TWP), I consider myself lucky to have landed in an organization that does do work that matters. For 15 years, TWP has been tackling the interconnected cycle of environmental degradation and energy poverty both in Central America and on tribal lands in the U.S. They not only do it well and create serious positive impact but they do so, to quote one of my graduate professors, “with soul.” There is a lot of passion here in this organization and I believe that is almost as important as the work they do. The team works hard because they know that at the end of the day, they are making a difference and I am proud to be part of it!