Hometown: Laltipur, Nepal
Safina Singh ’07 became interested in studying environmental issues as she observed changes in her native Nepal. “Rivers in particular were becoming severely polluted,” she said.
She applied early decision to Mount Holyoke in part because the College offered an environmental studies major. “I also chose Mount Holyoke because of its reputation for producing powerful and successful women who lead in a range of fields. The College’s large international population was an important factor, too. It showed me that the Mount Holyoke community is accepting of other cultures.”
Along with pursuing an environmental studies major, Safina also is enrolled in Mount Holyoke’s dual-degree engineering program with the University of Massachusetts. “Civil and environmental engineering is a good balance for my interests,” she said.
For the past two summers–thanks to funding from Mount Holyoke’s Center for the Environment–Safina has interned with the Harvard Summer Research Program. The first summer she researched the various physical phenomena in a watershed to produce a water budget at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. “This past summer was an extension of that work,” Safina explained. “I focused mostly on chemical constituents of the site to explore the relationships between physical and chemical variables and to estimate the organic carbon budget.”
With three years behind her, Safina is convinced that if a student wants to take academics seriously, Mount Holyoke is the place to be. “Here you get all the attention you want. Mount Holyoke is a small liberal arts college focused on enhancing women’s skills and opportunities. I cannot imagine missing out on all this.”