Elissa Julia Olivera is pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Science and Elementary Education with a concentration in Honors in the Math and Sciences. As a Queens Macaulay Honors student, Elissa participates as a co-director of the Queens College Planning Committee, and serves as a member of the Geology Club, the Golden Key Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a student researcher with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences she has participated in a scientific research expedition and has been published in the LIS Environmental Newsletter. In her spare time she has completed two Education internships, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. in support of educational public media. Elissa aspires to become an Elementary School principal after gaining experience as a certified grade 1-6 teacher. Elissa attributes most of her opportunities to the scholarship she was given. "Queens College has given me more than I could ever have asked for out of my college experience. My family and I are so eternally grateful for the financial help awarded to me by QC."