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