Beaverton, OR
English, Environmental Sciences


Hello! My name is Christopher McCracken (he/him/his) and I’m double majoring in English and Environmental Sciences with an option in Environmental Policy and Economics. I’m a first generation college student, an Eagle Scout with a passion for the environment, and a lover of backpacking, climbing, coffee, and reading almost anything. I call Beaverton, Oregon home.

I faced the college application process with more than a little trepidation. I applied to schools across the country, looking for a college with diverse opportunities and a community that would push me to do my best while supporting me in doing so. After applying to schools and considering my options, I ended up staying in Oregon and joining the Honors College — and it fit everything I wanted and needed from a college community.

My honors thesis topic is on current trends in transboundary aquifer agreements; essentially, I’m trying to determine how countries are writing agreements about shared groundwater and updating a research database to reflect those trends. When I’m not in class or working on my thesis you can find me in McAlexander Fieldhouse with the Indoor Rock Climbing Club, in Wilkinson Hall with the Environmental Sciences Club, lobbying in Salem with the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates program, or reading in one of the many coffee shops around campus.

I’ve come to love the Honors College, and I hope that you’ll consider all that Oregon State and the Honors College have to offer. If you have any questions about the Honors College, succeeding as a first generation college student, being LGBTQ+ in a higher ed environment, or just want to ask questions, feel free to reach out! I’m glad to help you wherever you are on your path to college.