Annya Shalun was a Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant at the Life Paths Research Center. Annya graduated magna cum laude in Environment and Sustainability from The University of the South. As an undergraduate, Annya was actively involved in the Green House, a residential group of students who focus on engaging the larger student body with ecological concerns and sustainability practices. She studied abroad in Australia in the fall of 2014 where she learned about Sustainability and Environmental Action, specifically focusing on social change, ecopsychology, and environmental ethics.Her study abroad experience led Annya to intern with White Hawk Ecovillage last summer to research what motivates people to live in sustainable living communities. This project became research for her final senior thesis, which allowed her to conduct face-to-face interviews with community members and gain field experience collecting data through participant observation. This experience helped her cultivate an interest in environmental justice and working with communities affected the most by industrial pollution and adverse health effects. Annya was passionate about her methodological approach at White Hawk Ecovillage. In her down time, you can find Annya hanging out with her bull terrier mix, hosting dinner parties with friends, or daydreaming about where to road-trip next.