Thad Corcoran '13

November 4, 2013

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

Major: Biology with a Wildlife Ecology Track

Minor: Sustainability Science

How did you come to choose SJC and your major?

My dad was a big part of my choosing SJC. He told me stories about the great professors and people he met during his time as a student. The College's small size also played a part in my decision. When visiting other schools, like Purdue and even a slightly smaller school like Butler, I felt lost on the gigantic campuses. I have been interested in Biology since high school, but it was almost a spur of the moment decision when I chose my major. I had heard quite a few good things about the SJC Biology Department, especially the teachers that are associated with the Wildlife Track.

How large of a role do you think your parents played in your decision to attend SJC?

Like I said previously, I heard all of my dad's stories about how wonderful the small SJC community is. Dad is great at connecting with people, and I could tell that his great connecting and networking skills originated at SJC.

What has your experience at SJC been like? Do you think it was different from your parents' experience?

My experience at SJC has been really amazing. I love how the small class sizes enable professors to communicate with students one-on-one. At SJC, you feel like more than a number, like maybe you would at schools like Purdue or IU; you feel like the professors actually care about you personally. That shines through in the way they talk to you inside and outside of class. I think this totally coincides with my dad's experience at SJC.

How has Core impacted you?

I have always been a huge fan of the Core Program. I believe that it helps instill a sense of curiosity and adventure in the students. It gets them out of their comfort zone by venturing away from the subject material of their major/minor and forces them to write and discuss history, science, and modern issues. The Core Program has always been a breath of fresh air for me; it gives me the chance to step away from Biology and think about the other important aspects of life.

What are your plans for the future?

I am hoping to find a job in the conservation or biology field. I have developed a passion for environmental conservation. My dream job would be to work at a zoo. I am also trying to possibly become a conservation officer or perhaps work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the agricultural field.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

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    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.