Susie is a senior at IUPUI majoring in environmental science with a concentration in GIS remote sensing. She is also pursuing a minor in geography.
What was your first impression of Metric?
It’s a really small company, which I really enjoy. I like that it’s not a big business. I think it’s cool that it’s a certified minority business, too. The people and employees have been really knowledgeable and helpful.
What has surprised you about working at Metric?
All of the community events! For instance, the cookout we had last week. Everybody gets to know each other and are good friends with each other. And again, how small the company is surprised me. I figured as an environmental consulting agency it’d be a lot bigger and there’d be a lot more components, but we’re kind of running the show with just about 20 people.
What do find the most challenging about working at Metric?
All of the different elements that are involved with the work. Right now, I’m working on waters reports, but there’s so many things that change on a day-to-day basis. You think you learn something and then all of a sudden new information comes in, so you have to adjust accordingly.
Why did you decide to go into this field? Who/what influenced this decision?
I love the outdoors. I grew up in a log cabin and we had two acres of property. We would ride four-wheelers all the time. It made my interest for the outdoors grow. Knowing the outdoors has always been a way to connect with my surroundings. I’m really passionate about the environment.
What have you learned so far?
A lot! Mostly I’ve been doing the waters reports, and I’ve been learning a lot about how to use GPS in the field, how to map wetlands, how to get an understanding of a project site and all the different elements that go into our reports. Arc GIS is a big thing, I’m learning a lot about map-making that I didn’t know before. I’ve taken 3 classes on GIS but working here has taught me much more.
What do you still hope to learn this summer?
I want to learn about all the different departments. I’ve mostly been in Natural Resources, but it’d be cool to work in Assessment Remediation. I really want to be able to see what all of our departments do.
What was your first job? How did it differ from working at Metric?
My first job was a hostess at a barbeque restaurant, so I was on my feet all day. Food service is a lot different from environmental consulting. It was a lot of customer service and cleaning the front of the house. And, it requires a lot of patience!
What is something that someone might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a really spiritual person. I feel really connected to energy, rocks and minerals and weird things like that. I’m also very passionate about indigenous activism.
What is your favorite food/snack?
Sweets! I’m terrible with sweets. I really like to bake, so that doesn’t help. I’ll bake things like scones and pies and I just end up eating them by myself.
Do you have any hobbies?
Biking, hiking, dancing – especially ballet. I like to do yoga; I like to hang out with my cats. I like to garden. I like finding new musicians that aren’t really mainstream. Alysha Brilla is one of my favorite artists. She speaks a lot about connectivity with the Earth and her music is really intuitive.
Do you have any pets?
I have three kitties. My oldest one is a tuxedo cat, and his name is Ralph. Then Vega, she’s all white with a cute little gray stripe on her head. My youngest kitty, her name is Lyra, and she’s Siamese. Lyra is the name of a constellation, and Vega is the name of a bright white star in Lyra, so I call them star sisters. My Chinchilla is around 14 years old. He’s really dusty, but he’s really cute. I call him Chinny, it’s short for Chinchilla.
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Optimistic, passionate, curious, adventurous, silly
Susie’s parting advice for students looking for internships
Don’t be afraid to be yourself, don’t be afraid to take risks, and listen to your intuition. Also, try to get a paid internship!
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