Bachelor of Science
Chemistry & Criminal Justice
My majors were Chemistry and Criminal Justice. I had the opportunity to go to Seattle, Washington and work with the Department of Corrections for a week. I went on ride-alongs, shadowed a Corrections Officer, and visited a women's prison. I had a REU Chemistry intership at the University of Akron one summer as well. My main responsibility was research synthesis with the Polymer Science Department.
At BW I played four years on the Women's Soccer Team. A few on-campus jobs I held included driving the tour van for the Admissions Office, tutoring Chemistry students, and lab assisting for the Chemistry Department. During one of my spring breaks I had the opportunity to go on an alternative break to Biloxi, Mississippi to help with Hurricane Katrina restoration. While I was there, we helped in the building of new homes. Spring semester 2009 I studied abroad in York, England. My time in England is by far my best experience as a BW student. I took core courses, and had the chance to travel to France, Germany, Scotland, and Switzerland.
I am currently working for Ross Environmental Services as a Technical Service Representative Chemist. I help customer's manage their hazardous and non-hazardous waste through incineration at our incinerator.
Questions and answers
What is your favorite thing about BW?
Some of my favorite activities included April Reign and IM soccer and basketball. I also loved being a student-athlete and playing on the soccer team. I met some of my best friends during that time. Academically, I enjoyed the small class sizes and getting to know my professors. Professors and staff were willing to help when needed, and there was always an open door.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't be afraid of a small, liberal arts school. It will prepare you just as well as a large university, if not better. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and take a class that will stretch you, or major in a difficult area. The professors and staff at BW will support you and provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Get involved and be creative. If you don't do much, you will be bored. If you don't think outside the box you will not learn how to problem solve.
How did BW help you prepare for life after college?
I had a lot of "life experiences" during my time at BW. Studying abroad, service opportunities, campus jobs, and the difficult classes I had all contributed to helping me in the real world. BW is concerned with the individual as a whole--it's not all about sports, academics, or service, but creating someone who can communicate effectively, problem solve, and have confidence.
What would you have changed about your undergraduate experience?