Normally, the College of Arts and Letters honors its nominees for Outstanding Graduating Senior with a banquet. Since that’s not possible this year, we’re letting the public get to know the honorees here on our website.
Emma Parish was nominated for Outstanding Senior by the Comparative Cultural Studies Program. She graduated from Basis Flagstaff before coming to NAU. She chose NAU because it allowed her to keep costs down and stay “close to friends and family, which has always been important to me.” Her emphasis in CCS is public humanities with a biology minor, and has a 3.75 GPA going into her last semester.
Emma’s studies took her down a familiar path. Her family works with livestock, and she took particular interest in the interconnection between a society and its food. “It connected two of my favorite areas of my life, local/healthy foods and how foods impact and are determined by communities worldwide,” she said.
That passion led to an internship on a small, organic family farm on the east coast, where Emma says she learned “how to raise, slaughter, and sell healthy chickens and pigs to a local customer base.” She also helped the farm develop communication and public engagement efforts.
Emma says the last four years have taught her a lot about priorities in life, from the importance of goals to staying with a commitment, even when it proves difficult or feel needless. As she nears graduation, she says she’ll miss the exposure to new ideas and information that she received while in college. “I will continue to learn/explore new things out of class, which is a challenge I’m excited to begin testing myself with,” she said.
After graduation, Emma hopes to take a break and travel for a while, including a first trip to Europe, and spending time with family she hasn’t seen in a long time. Once she returns, she hopes to resume using her Emergency Medical Technician certification, preferably working in an emergency room.