Zöe Mueller ’13

I was looking at neighborhoods that got split up by the interstate highway system, and how they recover from that. It got started when I was studying abroad. My host family in Brazil lived above an elevated highway, the Minhocao, and the first morning I woke up and pulled up the window shade, and looked down at what was usually a commuter highway, with people all over it, walking, biking.

The University Major was crucial. It allowed me to take a constellation of courses. … The professors at Wesleyan already think in such an interdisciplinary way. It’s incredible, the creative energy that produces and the intellectual atmosphere. It’s been my support system.

[Zöe Mueller ’13 is a University Honors graduate and first recipient of the Paoletti Travel Research Grant]