After graduating from Gadsden City High School, Patrick Welch earned his bachelor’s degree in urban environmental studies from Birmingham-Southern College and his master’s in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He then spent two years living in Nicaragua where he trained teachers and government officials in climate change adaptation and community-led project development. He now works as a climate policy analyst for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Boston. Patrick’s job involves working to make cities around the world more equitable and resilient in the face of climate change. One piece of advice he would offer to upcoming high school graduates is to learn a foreign language. Patrick says a foreign language can open many doors professionally and personally.