Hometown: Rensselaer, Ind.
High School: Rensselaer Central High School
Minor: Sustainability Studies
Job After Graduation: I will be working for The Urban Canopy - an urban farming company in Chicago. The goal of the company is to help create a sustainable food system for the enormous population of a city like Chicago--where fresh, local food is a rare find.
I have been a member of the Green Pumas. Running took up most of my extracurricular time, but I enjoyed making that dedication.
Why did you choose SJC?
I chose SJC out of a time of total indirection in my life. What appealed to me, though, was the opportunity to be a part of the cross country and track team, and the affordability.
Did you receive financial aid?
I received the Dean’s academic scholarship and an annual scholarship for running cross country and track. Without these, SJC simply could not have been affordable for my family and me.
What was your experience like at SJC?
As a whole, my experiences at SJC have really shaped who I am as a person. From close interactions with professors, to becoming close with teammates, SJC has really become a part of me – for better or for worse.
How were the faculty members in your department helpful?
Spending my senior year intensely focused on the sustainability program is what I owe most to getting the career I wanted in the sustainability field. Things that were helpful were being a part of the SJC Student Farm, the composting program, the Green Pumas, and the actual curriculum of the Sustainability Studies minor. Without all of this at SJC, I would not have even known such a career existed, let alone how to pursue it.
How do you feel about the Core Program?
With the Core Program, you get what you put in. I learned the most and had the best experiences with Core classes when I challenged myself and put a lot of time into the subjects.
Tell us about your internship.
In summer 2013, I interned with the SJC Student Farm. In addition to learning about general farming and growing techniques, I was able to interact and learn from other student interns, Dr. Lana Zimmer, and the people of Rensselaer while selling our produce at the local farmer’s market. Thanks in part to my experience at the SJC Student Farm, I was able to get a career in the field of sustainability.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in what you did at SJC?
My advice is that being a scientist is definitely not for everyone, no matter how intelligent someone may or may not be. Find whatever it is you are comfortable with spending your life doing, and just try to make it a part of your life while you’re at SJC.
Try to learn something new every day! A person should leave college about 4 years smarter and more mature than when they got there.
Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.
Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.
The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.
You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.
Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.