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Angela Hessenius

Angela Hessenius




B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Minor in Environmental Studies University of San Diego (CA, USA)

SFS Alum Cambodia Spring '16

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Angela Hessenius

Program Intern


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Angela was born and raised in Connecticut, and then moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to attend college at the University of San Diego. As an Interdisciplinary Humanities major and Environmental Studies minor, Angela’s primary interest is in the relationship between humans and nature, and how culture, societal institutions, and human behavior are integral in solving complex and interconnected environmental challenges and sustainably managing the natural resources that all people depend upon. At USD, Angela’s passion for nature and the outdoors blossomed (no pun intended) through her involvement with the Outdoor Adventures program. As an outdoor leader, Angela developed skills in planning and guiding trips to places from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Colorado River to the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. She especially focused on using the opportunities as a trip leader to incorporate education and discussion about the local environment, sustainability, and environmental justice.

Angela’s spirit of exploration and adventure, combined with her passion for enhancing the health and well-being of communities and ecosystems led her to study abroad with SFS in Cambodia and Vietnam. Experiencing the culture of Cambodia and studying environmental ethics and development and the interconnections between ecosystems and livelihoods in Cambodia strengthened Angela’s dedication to environmental education and aspirations to pursue a career in environmental policy and international sustainable development. Angela is excited to continue developing her passions and experience by spending the summer in Bozeman, Montana working as an intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Land and Wildlife Conservation program before returning to the SFS Cambodia Center to work as the Program Intern.