My name is Rachel Gutman, I’m a fifth year (yay victory lap!) Global Resource Systems student. I grew up in Toronto, but left when I was in high school so my parents could follow their dreams of being ski bums in Park City, Utah.
After highschool I moved to BC to attend the University of Victoria. There, I spent two years struggling through pre-med requirements and taking as many ethnobotany electives as possible. For some reason or another, I decided I didn’t want to be a doctor or ethnobotonist anymore and decided to transfer to UBC and study resource economics.
I have recently returned from a semester abroad at Tec de Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico. Although a difficult time for the country, the experience as a whole was incredibly enriching and I hope to return when I graduate.
Outside of class I work as a TA in my faculty and am involved with several local non-profits, particularly the Ancient Forest Alliance that works to protect BC’s remaining Old Growth Forests. More recently I’ve begun working in environmental education, mentoring high school garden clubs in Vancouver. I’m thrilled to be working with the Terry project this summer as I wholeheartedly believe that the world’s most pressing subjects need to be analyzed under an interdisciplinary lens.
You can reach me at rachel.gutman@ubc .ca or follow me on twitter @rachel_gutman