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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Laura Huober, 2014

MA, Yale University

Laura Huober is a New American

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MA in Environmental Management at Yale University

As a child in Germany, Laura enjoyed climbing trees, building dams and exploring the fields behind her house. Then, at eight, her life changed dramatically. Her mother joined a cult and moved Laura and her brother to Austin, Texas. Home-schooled but barely educated, Laura was forced to be self-reliant. She devised her own curriculum and drew up schedules telling her when to study, eat and play.

At 16, Laura decided to leave home. She was able to enroll at Santa Monica College without having taken the GED, where she made up missed high school classes and thrived. She then transferred to Amherst College, where she majored in environmental studies and researched waste management in Accra, Ghana.

After two years working on sustainability issues for Pax World Mutual Funds, she is now pursuing a joint MBA /  Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. In the future, she hopes to work in a field that combines her passion for the environment and education.

  • BA Environmental Studies | Amherst College 2010
  • other | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 2016
  • MBA | Yale School of Management 2016