Graduation Year: 2014
Majors: Entomology, Wildlife Conservation
Minor: Considering a minor in English
Hometown: Queens, NY
Campus Involvement: Alpha Zeta Co-Ed Honors Agricultural Fraternity, Undergraduate Research (including Summer Scholars with Dr. Deborah Delaney), Wildlife Society, UD Entomology Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Campus Jobs at the Office of Clinical Studies and the Educational Resource Center
What do you like about the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources?
The CANR is not only, in my opinion, the most aesthetic part UD's beautiful campus, but because it functions as a small, independent college within the larger university, it is much easier to network and build connections with professors here-which is ultimately what college is all about. I have already gotten the opportunity to work with Dr. Delaney on a massive research venture that is in collaboration with other professionals, including a professor at Cornell's Grad school. She also introduced me to Professor Gregory, who I was able to obtain a job working from home with over our long winter break.
What is your most memorable Ag or UD experience?
As an Ag student, it's easy to develop very close and hilarious relationships and memories with classmates- and they predominantly happen outdoors. I remember in a Botany class we all had to trek through the forest to survey different quadrats of trees, for some reason not on any path, and we were all laughing so hard at the sheer difficulty of moving every inch because of the amount of branches and thorns and weeds threatening to overcome us. We coined these frequent experiences as #Agproblems, even though they're more enjoyable than problematic.
What are your career goals?
I have too many career goals. At the top of the list, though, is my goal to attend law school for Environmental Law. I am currently taking a class in this now, and am really enjoying it. However, my research experience is also tugging me in the direction of Grad school, possibly leading to a future career as a professor. My more superfluous dreams (but still possible!) include being a traveling writer for Discovery or Nat Geo that also is involved in documentary making. The great thing about being a part of the majors at our college is the amount of opportunities and prospective careers available.
What is an interesting or unusual fact about you?
I am in the Honors Program.
What is your favorite book, movie, or song?
I'm currently in the Hunger Games mindset- which is aided by my classes at the CANR that keep me in the woodlot all day identifying trees, wildlife, and insects. Character Katniss Everdeen has made me take great pride in my ability to find water based on knowing tree taxonomy and my skill with identifying poisonous berries and bugs. I'm also a HUGE Harry Potter fan, too. Favorite movies include Alien vs. Predator, Pirates of the Caribbean, and again, most movies that I'm a fan of the book it was based upon. My favorite song changes bi-weekly, but I'd go with That's Life by Frank Sinatra.