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015: Water Nerds Guide to Millennials with Erin Ruszkowsi, Rogue Water Intern

Erin Ruszkowski is a sophomore at the University of Alabama studying environmental engineering and policy and Spanish. Beginning in 7th grade she attended summer programs through Duke University TIP (talent identification program) program which helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments. Erin is a self proclaimed water nerd and has loved water since she was seven years old when she began asking her aerospace engineering parents questions about water and the environment. Erin is a presidential and engineering leadership scholar and also a member of the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of Alabama.

Top Takeaways:

  1. As obvious as it seems that the millennial generation relies on social media, they understand better than most that it’s a place to connect socially, not the best way to get accurate information. Turns out they prefer to find reputable sources on Google.
  2. Erin talks about her Water Nerd’s Guide to Millennials internship project. She focuses on how we can market and connect to them and why advocacy is an appealing option in their generation.
  3. She drives home the message of using social justice and social action to bring people into the water industry, especially of her passion-driven generation.


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