Students have the opportunity to learn so much here. The proactive student population impresses me most.

Brett Walter '15

Upon graduation, Brett plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in medical illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

Congratulations, Brett!

"What brought me to Bucknell was the animal behavior program. At other universities, you either have to study biology or be pre-vet. At Bucknell, I was given the opportunity to study freely, and focus on the behavioral side of animal behavior, which interests me most. What sealed the deal for me was the campus tour. I stepped onto Bucknell's grounds and fell in love.

"My first academic experience was with Professor Mark Haussman. I took organismal biology with him my freshman year. He was so engaging and made me want to sit down with the textbook and read. My advisor, Professor Jennie Stevenson in the psychology department, took the next step. She encouraged me to take studio art classes, something I first thought was going to detract from my animal behavior major. She made me realize that I don't need to feel guilty about exploring other departments.  

"This exploration pushed me to become more involved with campus activities. I applied to be assistant orientation coordinator the beginning of my sophomore year, which led me to Beth Bouchard, who directs new student orientation. We clicked instantly, and have now worked together for three years. I feel like I'm always thanking her, especially because she gave me the most amazing opportunity this year. The Bucknell Forum speaker series brought world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and Beth sits on the selection committee, so she was able to invite me to dinner with Ms. Goodall. It was an animal behaviorist's dream-come-true. Sitting in her presence was like sitting in the presence of royalty. She spoke about her life, and I've never been more mesmerized.  

"Getting to experience things like meeting Jane Goodall is what makes Bucknell so unique. Students have the opportunity to learn so much here. The proactive student population impresses me most. As a tour guide, parents always ask me what I don't like about Bucknell, and to be honest, I don't have an answer. If there is anything we as students don't like, we say it. Our voices are heard by the university, and we enact change."

Brett is from Wexford, Pa.

Posted November 17, 2014

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