Elm Pearson

Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Studies


Berkeley, California

My Greatest Supporters

Thank you to my mom who has been helping me along the way for all these years and has been there every time my illnesses have made it extremely hard. Thank you to my dad for always making me laugh at the perfect time to brighten my day when I'm stressed. Thank you to my advisor, Alice Baldridge, who has helped me get to here. And thank you CJ, my amazing boyfriend for calming me and motivating me.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

We would rise early for 8am classes to get there in time after eating. I'd often head out from the sophmore-senior housing to go eat. I remember one morning I was walking down the steps to cross the road, sun barely up and dew still on everything; I looked up and saw a deer and her fawn moving slowly through the trees and thinking how lucky I was to be able to go to such a nature based college.

My Next Chapter

I'm hoping to do some work with the homeless or those experiencing poor conditions and may live in polluted areas. I'm hoping I can combine writing with research in a way that might spark something in someone like my Environmental Science teacher did in me in my senior year of high school.

Favorite Quote

“Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.“
— Desmond Tutu, Former Archbishop of Cape Town