Brett Boisjolie '09Communication Major / Environmental Studies Minor
Having grown up on a Christmas tree farm surrounded by hills and forests, I have always had an innate sense of wanderlust. With plenty of land to roam, I developed a true respect for the natural world. My parents also instilled in me an understanding of the spiritual connection that can be experienced in the majesty of the outdoors. This bond has greatly shaped my values.
Academic Wanderlust Sparked
At Stonehill, this wanderlust developed in a new sense; it became a desire to explore as much as possible of the academic spectrum. Stonehill has given me the opportunity to sharpen all facets of my mind -- from literary history to quantum physics, marine ecology to instrument methods, from the power of Nietzsche to the beauty of Van Gogh.
I have grown through taking courses that have challenged my thoughts and beliefs by provoking real introspection. Diversity of opinion, a dedication to open conversation, and a curiosity to explore new ideas are the foundations of a great college. The ability to freely pursue an abundance of academic interests at Stonehill has opened both heart and mind.
Environmental and Social Justice Efforts
My scholarly journey has led me to a more focused path in my senior year. Interning at the Natural Resource Trust of Easton gave me the opportunity to work for an organization dedicated to environmental preservation. My interest in social justice was benefited by a course I took with Professor Monique Myers, through which I began volunteering at MainSpring Homeless Shelter in Brockton. The community-based learning experience has been valuable, not only in gaining insight into the lives of the marginalized, but also to get the firsthand experience of working for their betterment.
Recently, I worked with Professor Claus Dierksmeier on a directed study that ties together these two primary interests of social justice and environmentalism. This has been a chance to research the link between economic policy, business ethics, sustainability, and human rights. Today's global challenges demand innovative ideas and knowledge that cuts across disciplines. I plan to be a part of the solution.
Propelling Me Forward
I have left Stonehill with a continued sense of wonder at the world's complexity. I am appreciative of the great minds I have learned from and the opportunities I have been presented. They have fueled my drive to wander -- in order to know as much as I can of the world, so that one day I may truly better it.
Brett is from Southampton, MA
Photo Credit: Christine Popp '09