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MacMillan touts and lives the three Rs
By Sarah Groneck
Laura MacMillan, a senior elementary education major, is a self-proclaimed environmentalist.
Senior Laura MacMillan plans to take her passion for reducing, recycling, and reusing to her elementary classroom next year when she begins teaching.
“I would never have defined myself as that before, but I’ve realized that I am,” she said. “I don’t like to see things wasted. I like being active and being outside.”
Her love for nature is one of the reasons she and two Dordt graduates founded the Creation Care Club, a sister organization of Justice Matters Club that was started last year.
“We are a club that tries to help people make environmentally conscious decisions,” said Laura. “We are all about activism and also creation awareness.”
Having grown up in Elmhurst, Illinois, an affluent suburb just north of Chicago, Laura feels obligated to give back to her community and to the world. “I’m driven by my convictions,” she said. “I almost feel guilty that I’ve been given so much in my life. I feel obligated to give back to the community and to others for that reason.”
One of the ways that Laura strives to give back is through recycling, from plastic bottles to boxes. “It is huge for me,” she said. “Reducing, reusing, and recycling may just be a quip, but I do try to live by it.”
Recycling has rubbed off on her friends and family too. “Some of my roommates last year would get upset because a lot the things I do [to recycle] are far from convenient,” she said. “But, some of them call me up now and are like, ‘Laura, you should be so proud of me because I’m recycling now, too!’”
Outside of recycling, Laura tries to use her resources to the best of her ability. “I’m constantly learning new things about being a good steward,” she said. “For example, I just found this new toothbrush that has replaceable bristles so that you don’t have to throw your toothbrush away so often. There’s just a different way to do things.”
Laura is very active on campus; she is a member of clubs such as Justice Matters and Students Without Borders, has a small role in the upcoming musical Urinetown, and works as a teacher’s assistant for Core 300.
One of Laura’s goals is to see Dordt students become more involved with the Sioux Center community. “I think it’s important for students to be involved in church life and in the community,” she said. “I teach an adult Sunday school class at Faith CRC in town. It’s humbling sometimes, but I feel like I’ve grown a lot from it. I’d like to see more students participating in things like that.”