100 Strangers Project - 59/100 / by Michael Pung

Olivia was crossing the street when I approached her. I quickly explained my project and she said yes!

I asked her: 

How would your friends describe you?

"Independent, adventurous and a clear sense of direction."

Olivia is currently studying a masters degree in environmental engineering - specialising in water treatment. She hopes to one day put the environment back to the way it was before human intervention. 

"I want to be at the forefront of helping the environment and assist in any way I can."

She visited China for 6 weeks in the summer and was saddened that there really isn't anything in place by the government to improve the quality of the environment over there and that in possibly around 35 years, everything would probably need to be rebuilt.

"We all breathe the same air. The pollution in Asia affects everyone even in the States and in Europe."

She seemed passionate about the topic and hopes to make a difference to the environment, be it research or working on projects in a different part of the world.

I showed her the photos I took of her and offered to send them to her. As I was taking down her email, we then discussed the use of smartphones:

"I don't want to be reached all the time. I used to keep my phone on complete silence but then my boyfriend got mad because I wasn't answering his calls. So now I just have my messages on silent and only my calls go through."

She's not totally against smartphones though, but whenever she goes away she tries to keep it off so she can enjoy the experiences of travel. 

Thank you Olivia for taking part in the project!