Instead of following orders I want to be giving the orders so I can direct the movement of engineering Opening a window In his first year at Rensselaer Nick Lawrence 13 took a class in Environment and Society. The class talked about problems caused by things like industrial agriculture and energy production Lawrence said. It ripped away the veil of a working society. It showed me that there are a lot of things that arent right with the world...and thats what got me into sustainability studies. Lawrence ultimately became one of the first students to enroll in a fledgling undergraduate program in sustainability studies leading to a dual degree in engineering and sustainability studies. I liked that the professors in my sustainability studies major pushed me to think critically Lawrence said. There was a theme of being responsible of understanding the society around you. The teachers didnt seem to tell you what to thinkthey didnt give their own opinions about whats rightthey tried to get you to think yourself about right and wrong. His work in sustainability studies has in fact molded his view of the future. Instead of following orders I want to be giving the orders so I can direct the movement of engineering Lawrence said. Theres a lot our country could do right now but the improvements must be driven by policy. I see a place where I can apply what Ive learned.