Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Major: Biology with a Wildlife Ecology Track
Minor: Earth and Space 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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