Alumni Stories

Student in class

Whitney Drahota, Class of 2015

Whitney Drahota

I’ve called the Cincinnati Nature Center forest ‘home’ since August 2016 and it truly is “A Place Like No Other.”

My name is Whitney Drahota and my dream career would get humans, especially young humans, connected to nature. After I graduated an advisor sent me information on the Environmental Interpretation Internship at the Cincinnati Nature Center. It was everything I wanted and more, and it still is. After my 9-month internship ended, I began my role as the Education Fellow, a 12-month senior intern position. I’m gaining knowledge and skills in:

  • School Programs leading field trips for students
  • Public Programs such as Scouts’ Badge earning, family natural history programs, drop in trailside kits, and more
  • Visitor Experience doing shifts as a Front Desk Naturalist
  • Youth Programs including monthly Saturday programs, outreach to other organizations, and summer day camps.

I’m not sure where my career will take me, but I plan on continuing to use my degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology and my experiences at the Cincinnati Nature Center to connect humans and nature. .

Our alumni have accomplished a variety of achievements since exiting the halls of our university.

Want to share your success story with today’s students?

Submit today!

Where are our alumni now? Explore the vast array of career paths our alumni have chosen.

What they say about the program

"If someone majors in Engineering... they'll be an engineer. If someone majors in accounting, they'll probably be an accountant. Not the case for Environmental Studies. But what's nice about that is that ENVR majors don't have to choose one specific job field. I could apply for ten totally different jobs and still be qualified for all of them...Majoring in Environmental Studies was scary at first (because it is so broad), but it really paid off when I was looking for a full-time job and realized how many things I was qualified for."  

"I highly recommend getting out there are doing internships in their areas of interest and volunteering as much as possible. That's what gave me an "in" so to speak. I'd also recommend taking as many hands-on courses as possible, that's more applicable to post graduation then a lecture course (at least for me it was)."

"The Environmental Studies program gave me the freedom to explore Landscape and Experience with the disciplinary breadth this iterative theme requires. Courses and lectures in natural resources and humanities sparked my fascination and imagination - inspiration I applied to my senior thesis. The thesis requires detailed analysis and attending a major research university creates the opportunities to reach out to experts. What makes UNL so special is how, across the board, professors are involved, responsive, caring, and always encouraging of interdisciplinary pursuits.  Along with my degree in Environmental Studies, I came away from UNL with a continued sense of wonder and a working knowledge of how to investigate and apply that passion."