The College Greens’ One Year Anniversary!
One year ago today, we had our first ever blog post published on the Engine 2 Daily Beet blog. We wrote about being young and plant-strong, and talked about why we choose to be plant-strong at such a young age (compared to the majority of people who take on this lifestyle). That single blog post was the start of an incredible year of plant-strong adventures fueled by Engine 2. For the entirety of last school year, we wrote a blog post for Engine 2 every week, covering a variety of topics. We also were given the amazing opportunity to intern with Engine 2 last semester, which resulted in our writing of the eBook Healthy Food, Happy Family, a book for families and children to learn about and implement healthy eating habits together.
One year later, much of what we wrote about in that first blog post is the same. Unfortunately, we are still in the minority among our peers, but we still don’t mind. We love the way we eat and live our lives! In fact, we’ve influenced a number of other college students (and other people in general) to begin eating plant-strong just by being living examples! And of course, we are all still very passionate about plant-based nutrition, and we continue to learn and grow on our plant-strong journey
But while a lot is the same, a lot has changed in the past year as well. Craig graduated in the Spring (still an honorary “College” Green though!!) with a Chemistry degree, and all summer he was hard at work applying to medical schools and tending to his very first garden. He’s taking a gap year to save up some money and pursue a personal project. In November, he is planning to run across Pennsylvania as a fundraiser to raise money for a malnutrition clinic in Uganda. Then, in January, he’ll fly out to Uganda himself to deliver the money he’s raised, and volunteer his time at the clinic for the next five months. We are all really excited for him, and we’ll keep you posted on his progress! During the next few months, he’ll also be traveling around the country interviewing at various medical schools so that next fall he can officially start his journey towards being a doctor (one who emphasizes lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition, of course!).
Tara spent the summer in Washington, DC, interning with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, helping with their VegRUN program. She is currently enrolled in her last semester of college, and will be graduating in December of this year with a degree in Education. She’s hard at work finishing up her final credits and working on her thesis, which will focus on the value of nutrition education in schools (with a definite lean toward plant-based nutrition as optimal). In between homework and thesis writing, she’ll be working on the very exciting (but somewhat intimidating) job search, looking for a position doing something with nutrition education—and keeping her fingers crossed for something in the plant-based nutrition field.
Jenna was in the “Big Apple” this summer, and had an internship working with the New York City Department of Health and their farmers markets’ SNAP benefits rewards program. Now she’s back in school and is starting her third year of college, where she has entered the “professional phase” of her school’s Physician Assistant program. Her courses are rigorous, graduate school-level classes that will be demanding but interesting and exciting! She is still on the Duquesne cross country and track & field teams and will be racing with them throughout the year.
Looking back, this has truly been one of the best years of our lives. We have had so much fun working with Engine 2, researching and learning about plant-based nutrition, writing and collaborating on various projects, geeking out and goofing off together, and discovering ourselves, our passions, and our paths in life. We are infinitely grateful for all of the opportunities that have come our way, and thank Engine 2 for the many of which that they provided.
Though maybe not as regularly, we hope to continue writing for the Daily Beet and sharing insight as we carry along on our plant-strong adventures. You can also keep up with us on our facebook page or personal blog, http://thecollegegreens.com.
Thanks for a fantastic year!
The College Greens