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Heather Openshaw

As the owner of a long-standing vintage clothing business, Heather has years of experience in customer service. She formerly worked with the City of Nashville’s Public Works Waste Reduction Department to develop a county-wide recycling audit program. She is currently a dual MBA/MPA candidate at Presidio Graduate School with a focus on accessible and sustainable lifestyle design. She lives in Davis, WV.

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How a Presidio Graduate School Degree Prepares You for a Career in Sustainability Consulting

Sustainability, Community, Student Experience

It isn’t uncommon for students to come to Presidio Graduate School with a desire to pursue sustainability consulting careers. Consulting is an excellent career choice in the realm of sustainability for a multitude of reasons. First, it’s never boring! If you’re interested in a variety of subjects, learning about new fields, and contributing to multiple …

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How Presidio Found Me

Student Experience

My favorite coffee mug is how I found Presidio Graduate School. Well, really it was the smooth, inky crinkle of newspaper wrapped around that handmade mug I had found at a small music festival held on a Mennonite farm in Illinois 7 years prior to the day I was wrapping it for a move to …

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A Commuter Presidian

Student Experience

Before the pandemic slowed travel across the globe to a race a snail could win. Before the measurement of “6 feet” became used as a moniker for social distancing on top of its already common use to give us an idea of how far below the surface of the Earth death might take us. Before …

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5 Life-Changing Books From My First Semester at Presidio Graduate School

Student Experience

The reading list at Presidio Graduate School has been truly life-changing for me. I also know I’m not the only student who feels this way. Every professor has their own style of teaching a class, and along with that their own list of preferred books to bolster a lesson. With this in mind, I acknowledge …

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4 Tips for Writing an Authentic Essay for Your Graduate School Application

Student Experience

Writing an application essay for a graduate school program can feel a bit daunting, to say the least. We all want to make the best impression we can and also communicate our message of why we believe we’re the right fit for the program and school. Graduate school essays serve as a bridge to our …

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The Top Five Reasons to Apply to Presidio Graduate School

Student Experience

If you’re looking for a graduate program to challenge your thinking and provide the skills and network to help position you for a changemaker career, look no further! Here are the top five reasons to apply to Presidio Graduate School. 1. The world is changing fast and your skills should, too. There are countless industries …

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Welcoming Our Newest Presidians!

Presidio News, Student Experience

As a new term begins, we are proud to welcome the next group of Presidians entering our MBA, Dual Degree, and MPA programs. PGS is in the unique position of being able to attract students who are passionate about creating a more sustainable and equitable future. Please meet a few of these gifted and inspiring …

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Presidians and the Collaborative Nature of Trees

Student Experience

With a western New Year comes a new group of students entering the Presidio Graduate School community. The celebration of the New Year, whenever it may occur, often brings ideas of new hope, new beginnings, and the arrival of a fresh-learned perspective from the journey of the past year. The current winter season of the …

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