“You can be any major, but if you have an interest in one of the Residential Colleges, the possibilities are endless.”

Jean Rieuthavorn

"During the summer before my first year at Bucknell, I received a letter informing me that I would be part of the Environmental Residential College. I hadn't signed up for the program, but I found out that the Housing Office sometimes needs to place students on Residential College halls to fill in spaces. It's a circumstance that turned out to be life-changing.

"I ended up developing a deep regard for the environment and ecosystems. In fact, I'm now a biology major minoring in environmental studies, and I plan to pursue an advanced degree in public health with a focus onenvironmental health.

"I even continued with the Res Colleges program and was a Junior Fellow: a student mentor who lives on the hall with first-year Res College Students, organizes field trips, develops fun and educational activities, and acts as a catalyst for discussion on the hall and with professors about current environmental issues. To educate the students and encourage them to start a collective environmental initiative, I led field trips and helped organize hiking trips and kayaking trips down the Susquehanna River.

"I would tell prospective students: You can be any major, but if you have an interest in one of the Residential Colleges, the possibilities are endless."

Jean is from Franklin, Mass.

Posted Nov. 23, 2011
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