Lydia Silber graduated in 2019 with a BA from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, where she specialized in Environment and Development. As an undergraduate, she was the President of the Environmental Student Organization and spearheaded & supported on-campus sustainability initiatives. From collaborating on a literature review on natural infrastructure with the International Institute for Sustainable Development to supporting the Clean Air and Water team at the Conservation Law Foundation, she has gained both domestic and international perspectives on sustainable development topics. This past year, she worked to mobilize and empower young people to be active participants in our democracy ahead of the pivotal presidential election. She then refocused and began applying to graduate school, seeking an interdisciplinary program focused on natural resource management. Growing up along Lake Michigan sparked a fondness for water and the conservation of lacustrine ecosystems. This fondness has informed her objectives as an academic and professional, and led her to the Sustainable Water Management program. Throughout this program, she hopes to acquire skills in identifying, analyzing, and implementing sustainable strategies & policy that connect water issues with broader topic areas of public health, agriculture, and water security. She is excited to pursue this degree given its interdisciplinary approach, and the pivotal role that sustainable water management plays in the global context of today and in the future.