Give us a little background information about yourself. Where are you from? Where do you go to school? Where are you spending your quarantine?
Hi everyone! My name is Sabrina. I am no longer a student at Wellesley College (saying this out loud still surprises me!), as I graduated this May with a major in Economics and a minor in Art History. I was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Shanghai. Right now, I’m spending my quarantine in lovely, balmy Hong Kong, being very thankful for the mild weather and the many hiking trails that lets me have fun and practice social distancing :)
How are you dealing with finishing school remotely?
It was definitely a shock. We all knew it was coming but being told to leave your home for the past four years in 5 days definitely took a little adjustment. I am so thankful for my professors who have gone out of their way to make sure that people can keep up with the syllabus despite everything that is going on. Due to the time difference, I’ve only been able to make one of my classes during its scheduled time, which means that I spend most of my day watching recordings of my lectures. I really appreciate how some of my professors amended our syllabus to include information on how COVID-19 impacts the world, moderated through the lens of the course. It’s definitely helped me and my classmate understand this unprecedented situation better.
What is your role at CCC and what do you do in that role?
I am working with CCC through a class I am currently taking at MIT. For the past couple of months, I have been working with Alison, Derek and Igor to develop an interactive dashboard using Google Business Intelligence tools. The goal of this project is to create a visual analytical framework that can be used to understand current operations and long-term performance so that CCC can better serve the public and achieve their goals.
Why did you decide to be a part of CCC?
I remember watching a video on the Coffee Cup Collective during my class. I was immediately inspired by the company’s goal to protect the environment by reducing cup wastage. As an avid coffee drinker, I have tried to bring my takeaway mug to coffee shops before, but the trouble of totting dirty mugs meant that I was often less than zealous about carrying them around with me. I love how CCC’s reusable cup subscription service provides a simple, thoughtful solution to reduce one of the top ten most polluting items in our cities (Jabril).
What about the mission of CCC drives you?
I love how CCC isn’t encouraging people to stop getting coffee to go to cafes, rather, it's focusing on providing a way for us to avoid climate unfriendly behavior without sacrificing our ability to enjoy a cup of coffee. I am driven by CCC’s mission to protect the environment in such a thoughtful, impactful manner.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I’ve visited over 30 countries. My family made it a point to explore the world as much as possible, so we ended up prioritizing being able to travel above almost all else. I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the world we inhabit. Traveling has also shown me the amount of damage that we inflict on our environment. Shrinking coral reefs, trash-filled lakes, diminishing flora and fauna have unfortunately become routine in the things I see around me.
Any plans after graduation?
I will be working in Hong Kong as an economic consultant. I love my work as an Economics major so I’m excited for the opportunity to use what I’ve learned (and continue being a total econ nerd).