Tracy Westra

Tracy Westra

Clarendon Hills, IL, USA


Last updated December 14, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

Leader and catalyst for change who is passionate about sustainability!

Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I was born in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. My childhood consisted of many family road trips to National Parks around the county. The amount of driving to get to these places was never a hinderance to my family-we drove to Colorado, to Yellowstone in Montana, to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. These were a highlight for me and eventually led me to become more and more passionate about the outdoors and sustainability. I am currently studying Civil Engineering at Hope College with a focus in environmental science in the hopes of entering a career in Water Resource Engineering. In the future, I hope to work for a civil or environmental engineering company. With an overall increasing human population, our earth continually needs a greater supply of water: drinking water, water to grow plants or crops, water for our wildlife to thrive, and for the ecosystems. I want to be able to help maintain water supply in the communities around me, in both flooding and droughts.

Interesting Factoid

I learned how to juggle two summers ago!


Languages

English
Spanish

Countries Visited

Map View

Guatemala

What I Do  


Professional Experience

DuPage Stormwater Management

Civil Engineering Intern

Jun 2020 - Aug 2020
Worked to analyze the drainage department for unincorporated areas of the county.

Hope College

Undergraduate Researcher

May 2019 - Sep 2019
Worked to find a simpler equation for vapor pressure using chemical modeling and computer programming.

Professional Interests

Civil Engineering
Water Resources

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Mental Health
Climate Change
Sustainability

Volunteer Experience

Clarendon Hills Library

Jun 2014 - Aug 2018

Middle School STEM Outreach

May 2019 - Dec 2019

What Inspires Me  

Favorites  

Hobbies

Hiking
Biking
Reading
Rollerblading
Playing Ukulele

Food & Drinks

Chocolate Milk
Pepsi
Goldfish
Blueberries
Pizza
Chicken

Games

Ticket to Ride
Euchre
Uno
Tacocat
Sorry

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Indie
Christian
Alternative

The Lumineers
Mt. Joy
Hope College Worship
Mumford & Sons

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Pickleball
Basketball
Volleyball

USA Volleyball
Green Bay Packers
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Bears

Lauren Carlini
Kerri Walsh Jennings
Larry Bird
Scott Burrell
Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Kicking and Screaming
A Few Good Men
My Cousin Vinny
Plastic Ocean
Blackfish
Harry Potter

Psych
Alone
The Amazing Race
Family Feud
The Office
Grey's Anatomy
Schitt's Creek

Will Ferrell
Emma Watson

Brands

REI
L.L. Bean
Patagonia

Bucket List  

Tracy Westra

Visit all the National Parks!

Education  

School

Hope College

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Aug 2018 - Present

Clubs and Communities

WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)

Treasurer

Aug 2020 - Present

Hope Advocates for Sustainability

Waste Management Intern

Jan 2020 - Present
Work to educate students about their waste production on campus, including composting and recycling. Implemented a plastic bag recycling program and a residence hall signage program on campus.

Extracurricular Activities

Varsity Volleyball
Campus Bible Study
Society of Women Engineers