Why SUNY Oneonta?
My brother actually went here so I came up and visited him a few times and I really liked it.
President of Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Science Honor Society, president of Geology Club, treasurer of College Democrats, Management Club, president of Geology Club, on Student Advisory Council for all EAS majors
Freshman year, I signed up for the GEOFYRST trip and that was an amazing experience because it really got me into geology. I knew I wanted to go into the sciences, but I wasn’t sure which one. It was a week-long trip in the Adirondacks looking at geology and learning about rocks. I actually was able to make a close group of friends from that, so I already had people to go to the dining hall with the first week of classes because we had camped together and bonded.
Also, my field class in California - that was amazing going out there and doing mapping for 2 weeks. I also did research and presented at Student Research and Creative Activity Day on lava flows in the cascade mountains. We went out west two summers and did field sampling for that, and I worked in Washington State University’s GeoAnalytical Lab. I was able to get hands-on experience in a real scientific lab, which was amazing.
What I’ll Remember in 20 Years
We go to these national and regional conferences for Geology Club, and that’s where I was able to present my research. Just being there and being with your club and seeing your professors outside of school really made me feel at home. You see them in real life and realize that these people actually care about you and want to see you succeed.
Plans, Goals, Dreams
I would love to be a field geologist and just be outside and do mapping. But I’m going to try to get into environmental consulting. I think one day I’d like to be a professor and pass on what I’ve learned.