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Gabriela Wiederkehr Guerra

BSc Integrated Environmental Studies | 2015

Nationality: Guatemalan/Swiss

Graduate School: MSc Environmental Sciences, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Current Position: MSc Environmental Sciences majoring in Forest and Landscape Management; Graduate Assistant at ETH and writing master thesis.
 

 

What have you been up to since graduating from Jacobs?

I graduated in 2015 with a BSc. in Integrated Environmental Studies [now Earth and Environmental Sciences]. After that, I worked for a year (2015-2016) in Peru with an NGO called Fauna Forever. It is based in Puerto Maldonado, in the Madre de Dios region, which forms part of the Amazon basin. I was lucky to be involved in both administrative and field activities, as it allowed me to have the opportunity to gain great practical experience.
During this year, I became certain in what ambit of my career I wanted to focus on, which ended up being forest management and development. At the moment, I am pursuing a M.Sc. at ETH in the Environmental Sciences program, with a specialization in Forest and Landscape Management. I have been working as a graduate assistant at the university. I am currently writing my thesis on the effects of forest degradation in the visitation frequency of Brazil nut pollinators in Madre de Dios, Peru. I should be graduating in September of this year, giving way to new opportunities and adventures.

What did Jacobs do for you that you were not expecting?

“Jacobs University was an eye opening experience both at a professional and personal level.“

Gabriela Wiederkehr Guerra

Sharing your everyday life with people coming from different parts of the world gave me more than just a classroom experience. This was thanks to the (truly) international environment Jacobs offered, which has been by far the most enriching one in my life. It was also where I met many beautiful people, some of which have also become my family and an important part of my life (despite the distance).

On the other hand, the academic experience was superb. Not only was I able to delve in different interesting topics, but I also had many hands-on experiences.

In conclusion, if I had the chance to go back in time, one thing I would not change is my decision to go to Jacobs University.

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As Jacobs has adopted changes in curricula over the years, some of the study programs the alumni have been in might no longer be offered. However, the elements of interdisciplinarity, woven in with diverse perspectives to foster a holistic education, is and will always be the principle that
governs all of the study programs Jacobs offers. Alumni featured on this website may have studied different subjects, but their appreciation for Jacobs, their journey at Jacobs, and their journey beyond Jacobs stays the same.