Testimonials

Submitted by: Justin Vance

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I was assigned to the EcoVillage as the Resident Advisor and enjoyed my time in the village. As someone passionate about sustainability and preserving the environment, I felt the EcoVillage did an excellent job of teaching good stewardship practices to its members and helping to promote sustainability on a campus scale.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“I most certainly would recommend this village to anyone interested in meeting people passionate about the environment. It is a great community where you can live and learn with people from all different backgrounds and majors but all have a common desire to be good stewards of the environment.”

Describe your best village moment.

“My best village moment was when the EcoVillage got a group together for Service Raleigh. Our group had the privilege of helping to construct local gardens around Raleigh so that lower-income families could have access to healthy locally grown foods.”

Submitted by: Morgan Winstead

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I love the environment and so does this group. So it was a great match.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Yes! You learn a lot in the first year with the class that goes along with the Village. Also, you make a lot of new friends.”

Describe your best village moment.

“We Recycle at the Clemson Football game”

Submitted by: Noah Brewer

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“Recommendation from a friend.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Yes because its a great way to meet new friends that are interested in the same things as you.”

Describe your best village moment.

“Tearing down houses during a habitat for humanity deconstruction volunteer event.”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“I have many close friends that I would have never met if I didn’t join the Ecovillage. It is a great way to fill free time on campus and also improve the community around you. “

Submitted by: Cassie Austin

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I joined EcoVillage so that I could be a part of some sort of community as a first-year student. I also was interested in studying some sort of environmental related topic. ”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Yes! EcoVillage was one of the best ways to get involved and meet people that felt the same way about the environment and what we wanted to study.”

Describe your best village moment.

“My best EcoVillage moment was when we took an overnight beach trip at the beginning of the year. We got to take a hike in the woods, relax on the beach, and we even got to sleep in the aquarium. The best part about it was meeting people because I ended up meeting my four best friends there!”

Submitted by: Rahul Kathard

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“To better understand environmental friendship and what that entails.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Be open-minded and ready to try new things. Also, make sure you go to as many events as you can as they are fun and help foster the community so that you too can call EcoVillage your home.”

Describe your best village moment.

“Spending a night in our Shack for Shack-A-Thon was an amazing and relaxing way to help support a cause we believe in.”

Submitted by: Zoe Eischen

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I have always been interested in the environment and nature, and I wanted to broaden my understanding of sustainability while meeting individuals with similar interests.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Absolutely! I have met some of my best friends through EcoVillage and have experienced more personal growth than I could have ever imagined. I would not have had the opportunities and become involved in other campus organizations if not for EcoVillage and the skills I learned through participation in village events and service opportunities.”

Describe your best village moment.

“Having the opportunity to act as a village peer mentor has been the most amazing experience. Not only did I get to help transition new freshman, but I also had the opportunity to plan village events that were interesting and important to me. For one of my sustainability Thursday’s, I planned a sustainable energy debate and I didn’t think I would have many people participate because it was still early on in the year and everyone was still getting used to campus and the village, but just about everyone participated in debating with their fellow villagers, and it was really amazing to watch people who were usually fairly shy becoming incredibly involved and excited about debating the issues.”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“I never intended to become as involved in the village as I did, but I am so happy I became as involved as I did because being a part of EcoVillage has been one of the best, most influential experiences of not only my college career but my life in general. You will most likely not come across such a large group of sustainability-minded individuals in one place in your lifetime, so absolutely take advantage of this opportunity!”

Submitted by: Gregory Sheets

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I was interested in learning the latest developments in sustainable agriculture, and was also interested in easily making new friends.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“The village offers first years an advantage in finding friends and connecting with staff that is concerned with sustainability. The latter is also helpful for second-year students who want to get involved on campus or do research related to sustainability.”

Describe your best village moment.

“The group decided to go camping in February my first year was not the brightest due to the cold. However, it made for a great bonding experience as everyone huddled around the small firepit to keep warm. Not to mention the experiments in open fire cooking that ensued. Now camping trips have become a tradition, just… a little later in the spring.”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“Ecovillage has opened doors for me far beyond the simple first-year class and Thursday night programming. I have grown in knowledge and capability indirectly from my involvement in Ecovillage because the group supports its members in pursuing sustainable causes they are passionate about through encouragement, relaying internship opportunities, and networking access to like-minded faculty.”

Submitted by: Maggie Swaim

Why did you join the EcoVillage?

“I joined Ecovillage because I wanted to learn more about sustainability and become a part of an on-campus community. I joined in the Village’s second year, so it was also a new village that I could help shape, which made me excited.”

Would you recommend EcoVillage to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Definitely! I have found so many close friends through Ecovillage and made connections with former villagers that share my interest in making the world a better place. Ecovillage is truly a family. We have large family suppers twice a year where the entire village gathers and enjoys a fresh farmers market feast. We also have mentors that put a lot of effort into the village and our director, Meghan, cares for us through thick and thin. I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.”

Describe your best village moment.

“There are so many! I guess I’ll choose two? One from Freshman year and one from Sophomore year. In Freshman year, I didn’t quite understand what Ecovillage had to do with my major, but Meghan and my mentor, Andrew, told me that I could go into any field and make it more sustainable. Sophomore year there have been a lot, but the coastal ecology trip really stands out to me. When we were all sitting on the rocks as the sun set, I realized I was exactly where I needed to be, and that I belonged to a family.”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“We are a family. And I don’t say that lightly. We are here for each other through good times and bad, happy and sad. We are a very diverse community, but we respect each other’s viewpoints and have very few disagreements among village residents. Meghan and the mentors do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see what the village does in the future! :)”