Dylan Odd (B.A.) enrolled in the Master of Arts – Environmental Policy program at the Environmental Policy Institute in September 2014. He joined the program to pursue his interests in political decision-making, resource management and the natural environment. Having majored in political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Dylan was very interested in further pursuing studies in political theory and policy development. Dylan’s interest in environmental affairs stems from his childhood in Northern Ontario, where he spent the majority of his time outside exploring the natural world. Prior to becoming a fellow at Memorial University – Grenfell Campus, Dylan worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Red Lake, Ontario. This experience encouraged him to pursue further education so he could one day help influence the decisions that shape his countries’ natural and economic landscapes.
Dylan is currently availing of the many opportunities the EPI provides their students. He spent the fall and winter months as both a research assistant for the Canadian Forestry Services and a teacher’s assistant involved in the political science department at Grenfell. Dylan is the Student Representative for Grenfell on the Graduate Student Union (GSU) Board of Directors, as well as the Student Representative for the Grenfell Graduate Student Society (GGSS). The small student population on Grenfell Campus encourages student involvement. Dylan is also a member of the Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC), a group that is extremely active on campus.
This year, the GGSS organized several activities for EPI students including a cost-free skiing/snowboarding trip to Marble Mountain, a 3-day excursion in St. John’s, and several ‘policy at the pub’ nights – where students and staff are encouraged to relax, unwind and discuss their ideas in an informal setting.
Dylan truly enjoyed his first year at the EPI. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, combined with the small class sizes, great office administration, immense faculty support, internship opportunities, and various graduate assistantships make this a must attend program for anyone interested in pursuing a career in policy. In addition, the international representation in the program offers students an opportunity to learn with people from around the world and experience new cultures in beautiful Corner Brook, NL.