Novogratz Bridge Year Program, Bolivia
I’m Coley Martin (she/her/hers), and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I am a senior concentrating in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, with certificates in Portuguese, Latin American Studies, and African American Studies. I participated in Princeton’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program in Bolivia from 2018-2019, where I volunteered at Infante, a therapy center for survivors of violence. My time in Bolivia inspired me to explore the intersection between climate change mitigation and social justice. After graduation, I hope to promote climate change mitigation technological innovation to empower communities to protect and improve their environments. I am involved with the Princeton community as a Residential College Advisor in Rockefeller College and as a member of Raqs dance troupe. Last year, I co-founded Princeton University Mixed Association (PUMA) to promote affinity spaces for biracial and multiethnic students.
What is one skill or talent that you developed while on Bridge Year?
I learned how to play piano as a part of my individual enrichment activity, which was a great chance to learn one of my favorite piano songs (The Piano Duet from Corpse Bride)!
How has Bridge Year informed your Princeton experience?
Coming into Princeton, I thought I wanted to pursue a pre-medicine track; however, I felt inspired to do something related to environmental studies after spending time in Bolivia talking about sustainability and climate justice. The year between high school and university really allowed me to reflect on what I wanted to do in life, and I'm so grateful for that.