Evelyn Ritter

From Libertyville, IL

Highschool: Libertyville High School

Class of 2015
Future Alma Mater:
Hope College

Independent Student of the Day

I am a senior, majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in environmental science and math at Hope College. I am planning to pursue a career in corporate responsibility and encourage businesses and academia to work together to solve the global environmental problems.

When I started college, I knew I wanted to study environmental sustainability both from the science and manufacturing backgrounds. I got involved in research and entrepreneurship opportunities that gave me the tools I needed to explore these issues. After being part of the Green Team at Hope College last year, I saw my chance to start a new sustainability project at Hope. Eco-Agents (or Hope College Residential Hall Sustainability Coordinators) is in its first year at Hope, and we have already gotten a chance to do a few great projects and see some positive change in the sustainability of the dorms. 

During college, I also learned how to sail small boats as part of Hope's sailing team. This year I had the honor of serving as Commodore (club president) for the team. 

My motivation

Exploring natural areas helps to keep me motivated to protect and preserve them. In classes, I am motivated to do my best and learn from my very talented professors. Hearing what others are doing to make the world a better place through books and movies also helps to keep me motivated as well. 

My latest accomplishments

Winning second place in the 2014 Wege Prize Circular Economy Design Competition was very exciting. It taught me a lot about working as part of a team outside of the classroom, and introduced me to some amazing people and ideas. 

Next big goal

My biggest goal for this year is to make sure Eco-Agents is successful and will be continued when I leave in May. 

Why is choosing your own path important?

Choosing your own path ensures that you can follow your dreams, and do what will make you happiest in the long run. 

Favorite place on campus

I love the 3rd floor nook in the Science Center.

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