What would be your dream job and how did EMS put you closer to this goal?
My dream job would be museum curator of paleontology at a national museum while conducting paleontological research. My paleobotanical research in EMS has helped prepare me for graduate school to further my goals.
What made you choose your major?
I have wanted to be a paleontologist since I was three years old. Penn State is well known for their excellent geosciences program and is one of only a handful of universities with a Geobiology degree.
What student organizations and activities are you involved in?
I am involved in the Millennium Scholar Program, Schreyers Honors College, Presidential Leadership Academy, Minorities in EMS club, Geosciences club, Millennium Society service club, and Millennium THON organization.
What is the best class you’ve taken at Penn State and why?
The best class I’ve taken at Penn State was the tropical ecology embedded course. I was able to travel to Costa Rica over winter break and observe our planet’s biodiversity first hand.
What is the one Penn State activity that everyone should participate in, and why?
One Penn State activity that all students should participate in is studying abroad. Penn State’s embedded courses allow students to travel abroad during their academic semesters.
What’s the best part about being an EMS student?
The excellent courses and passionate professors keep my Geobiology degree interesting, engaging, and worthwhile that isn’t always attainable in large colleges.
What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective students?
Be prepared to make mistakes and learn how you learn, everyone is different! Do not compare yourself to others.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in college so far?
I’ve learned how I learn best and how to efficiently manage my time. I’ve also learned how to learn from mistakes.
What opportunities has Penn State provided for you so far?
Through Penn State, I have been able to travel to Costa Rica, Japan, Thailand, and the Caribbean, engage in my own research project, and graduate without debt.