Andrew Dutton Van Woert '18
I chose to major in biology because I have always loved frogs, dirt and water. After learning about human impact on the environment in high school, I decided I would want to add environmental science, as well, to learn how to control pollution and learn about possible dangers to the ecosystem.
The best part about my majors is seeing the crossovers, like how the top layer of soil affects the life above it and the pollution that flows downstream affects the surrounding organisms. At Susquehanna, I get a broad picture of the world around me—not only in class, but down by the Susquehanna River with Dr. Elick, one of my passionate and personable professors, where I witness the real life application through studying the formations of rocks and soils. I study the biosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere: I study Earth.
After completing my first year at Susquehanna, I have already had a few offers to do research with professors. I have done research with a senior in biology on Knotweed, and my mentor taught me a lot about the opportunities and experience of the senior bio research. I'm excited for the next three years—I'm trying to make a good impression.