Biology and Chemistry double major
Class of 2015
I’ll be attending the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University this fall to pursue a master's in Animals & Public Policy.
How my education prepared me
I would not be where I am today without the help of all of my professors. The Bio Department and a handful of other Oneonta faculty members have provided me with experience in both research and outside of academia that I will most definitely use as I go on to graduate school.
Most memorable experience
I don't think my freshman self could have ever imagined me being where I am at this moment.
Going to Peru for a tropical biology field course with Dr. Reyda. It was unbelievable. That was my first time out of the country. We were there for three weeks and it was just such an amazing time. We got to see all these different wild animals and plants—we even saw a wild jaguar. It was so surreal. I learned so much about myself on that trip. It was definitely a culture shock coming back, because I feel like each of us realized how many privileges we have living in the U.S. It made me appreciate all the little things we have here.
I don't think my freshman self could have ever imagined me being where I am at this moment. What surprised me the most is what a student can get out of a smaller, suburban school. I love the close-knit community environment where I was able to form relationships and connections with other professors and students so easily.
One word to describe Oneonta
Unforgettable. Time flies but I’m not going to forget the things I’ve learned. Not even just academic-wise but meeting amazing friends and people here. This is where I grew up. I came here when I was 17, and now I’m 21. Oneonta is such a big part of my life.
What I'll miss most
Yellow Deli! And everything else! I'll miss all the people I've gotten so close with here along with the fresh, open scenery away from the commotion of city traffic and people.