What would be your dream job and how did EMS put you closer to this goal?
My dream job is to work in the oil and gas industry and EMS puts me closer to my goal by teaching me everything I need to know in the classroom and in the field to be prepared for the industry.
What is the best class you’ve taken at Penn State and why?
GEOSC 452 was the best class I have taken so far. In one semester, I learned so much from Professor Byron Parizek that has helped me to narrow down the specific direction I want to pursue in geoscience; he has elevated my interest in becoming a hydrogeologist.
Why did you decide to attend Penn State?
When I was in high school, I participated in the Mathematics Science, and Engineering Academy (M-SEA,) which is the pre-collegiate program of the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). The program granted minority students varied opportunities to get introduced to non-traditional and traditional STEM careers. Through the program, I was able to travel to all of CDEP’s partnering schools and Penn State University (PSU) is one of them. I loved the atmosphere of the Penn State campus and I especially enjoyed visiting the Creamery. CDEP also has a dual degree collegiate component and I knew if I was awarded a CDEP scholarship, Penn State would be my school of choice for my second degree. After high school graduation, I was awarded a CDEP scholarship. I spent three years at FVSU and earned a BS degree in Chemistry. After graduating from FVSU, I had to decide whether to pursue my second BS in Geology from UNLV, University of Alabama, or Penn State. I stayed true to what I said as a young scholar in M-SEA and chose to attend the wonderful home of the Nittany Lions: Penn State University!
What’s the best part about being an EMS student?
The best part is how caring and attentive the faculty and staff are in the college; it’s a close-knit and welcoming type of atmosphere. Also, the many opportunities presented to students for academic and professional career growth are a major plus.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in college so far?
DON’T PROCRASTINATE!!! To be academically successful, it is imperative that I stay ahead of the game on a daily basis in order to produce quality work in a timely manner!!!!!