Jeff Sowell '12
"I was thinking I could come out of Bucknell and work as an environmental consultant for a big company – maybe General Electric – because I know the environmental aspect of business is only going to become larger due to climate change.”
Accounting and geology: Brick, N.J.
“The high school I came from has only 400 students – about a hundred per class – and I really liked how I was able to get to know my teachers. So, right off the bat, I knew I was looking for a small school. Most of the other liberal arts colleges similar to Bucknell academically didn’t offer business or management. So, it made it so much easier knowing that Bucknell had the accounting and management that I wanted.
“I toured the campus twice and did the ‘Issues for the 21st Century’ conference when I was a senior in high school. That was really cool getting to meet some unbelievably diverse people from different countries, most notably a student from Cameroon – a girl I’m friends with here to this day.”
“I came here as a management major and the more I talked to people the more I realized I wanted to do something with math, data and numbers – something more accounting-based. I definitely want to get my CPA. That’s one of my short-term goals. That’ll help me in the future not only with a job, but it’s something that’s extremely practical.
“Geology and the natural sciences are something I’ve always loved. I live on a creek with a salt marsh and you can take the creek right down to the bay. And then there’s ocean. There is tons of wildlife in our creek – otters and pretty much any animal you can imagine. It’s almost scary. So I’m really interested in learning about that and, maybe, tying that in with climate change. I was thinking I could come out of Bucknell and work as an environmental consultant for a big company – maybe General Electric – because I know the environmental aspect of business is only going to become larger due to climate change.”
“First and foremost, I’m on the hockey team. Hockey’s been a huge part of my life and it’s been a great outlet. It’s a club sport but we just moved up a division and we’re getting more competitive. We travel –
Georgetown, Catholic – some pretty good schools. It’s definitely a good league.
“Second, I joined Bucknell Business Leaders and I’m the vice president of our incorporated group. Our goal is to set up a self-sustaining business on campus through selling products. Last semester, we sold a shirt and this next semester we’re also doing a House Party shirt. Once we get enough money in the bank we’ll start introducing a few products at a time. That’s really good for what I’m interested in, because, long term, I see myself as a business entrepreneur. That’s good for the responsibility and getting to know some really cool people.
“How could I forget BINGO? BINGO is pretty fantastic here. I mean it’s really intense. It’s a student-run activity. It’s hundreds of people and good prizes and lots of fun.
“I don’t know how Bucknell does it, but they get people and concerts here I would never even imagine. Like O.A.R. – my favorite band. I was glad and shocked when they were coming. I was in the front row. I was 10 feet away from them and that would never happen at any public concert. Ludacris is coming after break and that’s pretty amazing. People like Shwayze, Matt Nathanson. That’s tons of fun, too. There’s always something going on here.”
Posted March 11, 2009