Keys for a Successful Interview

Flickr CCAs springtime approaches, so do interviews for internships, jobs, and graduate schools.  Like other elements of job-searching such as resumes, cover letters, and applications there are fundamental techniques and components to a successful interview.  No matter how good you appear on paper, a successful interview is the last key to landing the position you desire and can make or break an employer’s decision to hire you.  So, what can you do to ace an interview? Here are some simple steps to make your interview a success.


  1. Research
  • Research the employer or organization.  Know about the products, services, or culture of the organization.  This will provide background knowledge that can be used to show your understanding and display how you would fit into their work environment.
  • Research the position including qualifications and expectations. This will allow you to tailor your responses to showcase skills or experiences that make you a suitable candidate.
  • Research the type of interview. Knowing whether you are interviewing in a group, on the phone, or in a one-on-one setting can allow you to analyze how to communicate effectively in each setting.
  1. Preparation
  • The more prepared you are for an interview, the more confidently and clearly you can market yourself.  One simple way to begin the preparation process is to list out all the skills and qualifications that the employer is looking for.
  • Next, list out your experiences, activities, and skills that correlate to each of the qualifications the employer is looking for.
  • Begin to develop a list of commonly asked interview questions and other questions oriented toward the specific employer.  Develop a narrative or story for each question highlighting key points you want to address.
  • Make an appointment at the UConn Center for Career Development for a mock interview or practice a mock interview with a friend or family member.  Mock interviews are a great resource to practice a formal interview.  The Center for Career Development will even record your interview and provide personalized feedback.
  • Additionally, be sure to prepare a handful of questions for when your interview is over.

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  1. At the Interview
  • Dress for interview success.  Pick an outfit that matches the makes you look professional and matches the work environment of the company.  Generally for formal interviews, men wear a suit and tie and women wear a suit or blouse with pants or a skirt.  Avoid wearing strong smelling perfumes or chewing gum.
  • Arrive early to collect yourself.  If you are feeling jittery or nervous, plant your feet on the floor and practice some deep breathing to slow your heart rate and relax.
  • When the interview begins, make eye contact and shake the hand of your interviewer, offering a smile and greeting.  Remember to speak confidently and slowly to articulate all your points clearly.
  • Avoid poor body language like swiveling in your chair or tapping your foot.  It is often best to lock your hands in your lap if this is issue.
  • Market your skills and be sure to show your preparation and confidence. Don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding the position of the priorities of the interviewer.  These can help you discuss any points you forgot to make in the interview or clear up any questions you have about the position or the next steps in the hiring process.
  1. Post Interview
  • Send a thank you.  A thank you note is the important last step in the interview process which shows your commitment to the position.  This should highlight ad reiterate some of the key points you made in your interview and might include some details about the position that intrigued you.


Interviewing can be nerve wracking for many, but with the correct research and preparation, a successful interview can land you the position you want. I have utilized these skills and techniques and they have boosted my confidence interviewing as well as helping me while conversing with peers and other professionals.  You will not become an interviewing master overnight, however the best way to improve is to practice. The University of Connecticut Center for Career Development has a range of extremely useful interviewing tools such as mock interviews, interview labs, and online resources. For more information visit the Center for Career Development website.

A Part of Something Greater

Working on the isolation of fatty acids from Arctic Greenland Killer Whale samples.
Working on the isolation of fatty acids from Arctic Greenland Killer Whale samples.

Two years ago, I began looking for research opportunities to get involved with. As a pre-veterinary student, I was looking for research experience to add to my resume. But unbeknownst to me, this opportunity opened my eyes to something bigger than just working in a laboratory. I now perceive the world in a different light and understand the importance of research. I have grown as an individual because of the knowledge I have attained.

When I inquired on the types of research professors at UConn are conducting came across a topic that really interested me. Dr. Melissa McKinney, an assistant professor in the Natural Resources Department, explained how she collects data to evaluate the anthropogenic effects on Killer Whale feeding habits and bio-accumulation of chemical contamination.

As a new student, I worked on an experiment that resulted in the isolation of fatty acids from blubber samples of killer whales and several other kinds of marine mammals, as well as samples from prey fish species. The measurement and comparison of fatty acids is a useful tool in obtaining the fatty acid profile of an individual animal. We can compare each individual’s profile and determine their food source. Due to global warming and climate change, ice melt has caused a shift in the patterns of Arctic Greenland Killer Whale migration which has resulted in changes to their feeding habits. The hypothesis concludes that they are now feeding more on smaller marine mammals and less on fish. This alteration in the food web may have significant impact on the marine ecosystem due to the dynamic changes in species’ populations.

Photo of a Killer Whale taken by the National Park Service.
Photo of a Killer Whale taken by the National Park Service.

The field of research is crucial in advancing the planet. I realize that studying different ecological systems is important to find and confirm data which may suggest that the system is functioning properly or not working well. Figuring out the cause and effects of today’s biggest issues concerning climate change helps scientists and researchers advocate for changes that increase the life of our planet and its ecosystems. Policies and laws can be adjusted to suit ecological needs that are important to humans as well.

As an individual, I have changed a lot about myself to help the planet. I have reduced my carbon foot print by recycling, carpooling, planting and growing my own food, and decreasing my consumption of animal product. These changes are small steps in reducing my carbon footprint and preserving the life of our planet and the animals that depend on it. Recycling conserves the planet’s natural resources and backyard planting helps increase biodiversity. By reducing my meat and dairy intake, I am decreasing the support of food industries that emit an excessive amount of greenhouse gasses into the environment. Carpooling is another way to cut down on the release of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the air. It’s not about being extreme and changing one’s lifestyle drastically, but rather doing small things each day that help the planet. If everyone understood the impact each of their actions had, the quality of life for everyone and every animal around the world would increase.

Finding this research opportunity has really opened my eyes to the small things people do every day that negatively impact the planet. I stop and think about what affect will my next step have on the planet. Will it be a positive one? I seek to improve my daily actions and contribute to the quality of life on Earth. I enjoy being a part of the research performed by Dr. McKinney because it contributes to something bigger than myself.


Fitness Goals for the Athletically Challenged

View of Valentine’s Meadow on one of my favorite running routes.

For those who know me, the word “athletic” would certainly not come to mind if asked to describe me. I’ve always loved the outdoors and recreational activities like horseback riding, swimming, and kayaking, but never participated in any competitive organized sports. Despite not being gifted in the area of hand-eye coordination, I possess other strengths and came to accept that athleticism was not one of them. That is until I decided to start running. I came to the conclusion that I should try running about two years ago, after hearing person after person tout its magical impacts on both physical and mental health. “Running is the best stress reliever” or “You’ll never experience anything like a runner’s high” they would say. I hoped that running would be a feasible activity (given my incoordination) that I could fit into my busy pre-veterinary student schedule to alleviate school-related stress and anxiety as well as improve my physical fitness. Mental health is a huge topic of concern in the field of veterinary medicine, and I hoped that taking proactive measures to establish a consistent self-care routine would place myself ahead of the curve. Given my interests in pursuing exotic or large animal medicine, I figured it also wouldn’t hurt to be physically prepared for the rigors of fieldwork.

In the beginning, I doubted that I would ever experience these alleged benefits. I dreaded running and had to force myself to keep going every minute that I ran. Various body parts would hurt, and I would consult friends and running experts via Google to determine that I needed new shoes or that my form was off.  After a lot of trial and error, persistence, and assorted aches and pains, I finally began to enjoy running. As my mileage increased and runs became easier, I was finally able to focus less on the physical aspect and allow my mind to wander into introspection, which has been incredibly cathartic. Many people admit that running is how they confront their demons and I’d be inclined to say the same.

Sensing I had reached a personal milestone, I felt it appropriate to set a new goal to work towards. That’s when I somehow came up with the crazy idea of tackling my first half marathon. Currently, I’m still at the beginning stages of my training, but a couple of weeks ago I ran my longest distance yet, 7 miles, for the first time. For the girl who couldn’t run a mile at the start of this journey, I’m shocked that I accomplished something that I thought I would never be able to do at all, much less enjoy. It turns out that the biggest gain I’ve experienced from running was not stress relief or getting in shape (although I have definitely benefited from both), but the conviction to stop limiting myself to what I believe is realistic or possible. Had I resigned to the fact that I might never be capable of or enjoy running, I wouldn’t have even tried it in the first place. By opening my mind to new possibilities, finding motivation, and being patient with my mind and body along the way, I was able to achieve the impossible.

My Trip Across the World

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Up until my recent trip to Australia over winter break, I was pretty much scared of my own shadow. For my whole life, everywhere I traveled whether it was on vacation, or somewhere as simple as picking up take out for dinner I always had to have someone with me because I was scared of being alone. I had always wanted to study abroad, but as a science major it was too hard to fit into my schedule, and deep down I was also scared of being away from my friends and family for an entire semester or even just a few weeks.

About ten years ago when I was on a cruise with my family, I met a girl from Australia named Alexa who ended up becoming my pen pal and life long best friend. We stayed in touch for all of these years, and every winter break Alexa would come to stay with my family for a few weeks, but I was always too scared to sit on a plane for twenty-four hours to go visit her. However, I found out over the summer that Alexa would not becoming to visit me this Christmas, so the only way I could see her was if I visited her in Sydney.

Alexa and Brittany in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Alexa and Brittany in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

On December 19th I arrived at JFK airport with my four huge suitcases ready to embark on a trip and experience memories and lessons that would last me a life time. I was a nervous wreck the day I was leaving, and I came so close to cancelling my trip. As I said bye to my parents I had to fight back the tears in my eyes, so I could go through security and board my plane. My first flight to Vancouver went smoothly, but when I arrived in Vancouver, I found out my visa never went through so they were not letting me board the plane to Sydney. I felt an overwhelming sense of panic stir in my body and I almost started to cry, but I realized that I had to stay calm and figure this out on my own because I had no family or friends there to help me. It took about four hours, but eventually everything worked out and I was able to board the plane after I had to call the Australian government by my self (reminder up until this point, I got nervous talking to the pizza man over the phone).

The twenty-seven hours of travel and madness that went on at the airport was worth it all. Sydney was the most beautiful city I have ever traveled to in my life. It was really cool to visit Alexa because I was able to step in her shoes and see what she and other people my age do on a daily basis. My first day there, she took me to Sydney Harbor to see the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. I always get annoyed whenever I go to New York City and see tourists stop every 5 seconds to take pictures, but now I finally understand why they do it. It was absolutely amazing to see all of these historical and monumental places I have seen on TV or in movies now up close in person. During my stay there, Alexa’s parents were traveling over seas, so I also had to learn how to cook for my self, clean the house thoroughly (cockroaches love food crumbs), and also manage my own finances and budget because my parents were not there to help me out. Doing all of this was not easy, but I had no choice but to figure it out. One day Alexa had to work, but I didn’t want to sit home all day so I decided to take a train to the city by my self and do some sight seeing. I don’t know what came over me because I have lived in New York all of my life and not once have I ever taken the LIRR by my self or walked around the city. When I got off the train I went to the botanical gardens and walked around there for a bit, and then for lunch I went to a market and tried Thai food for the first time. After lunch I came across this store that sold aboriginal (native Australians) art work and learned a little bit about their culture.


Every day I was there was a new adventure filled with fun and trying new things.

I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to visit Australia. Over the course of my trip I learned a lot about my self. For starters, it is totally unnecessary to pack four massive suitcases for a 4-week trip. More importantly, I learned that I can be happy being independent and alone, how to budget, and a new passion I have for traveling. My advice to anyone reading this is to take every opportunity you can to travel and immerse your self into other peoples’ culture because you will be surprised about how much you can learn about your-self in the process.

What it’s like living with Emotional Support Dog at School

Jessica and ColbyIf you take a look around UConn’s campus you will find yourself running into at least one emotional support animal (ESA) whether you’re outside or not. UConn’s definition of a emotional support animal is any animal specifically designated by a medical provider that eases the symptoms of an individual’s disability. They are known to be as companion, therapeutic or assistance animals but are not actual service animals and don’t have the same privileges as them. An approved ESA owned by an individual who lives in the school’s housing is allowed within the private living accommodations.

My roommate Laura has an emotional support dog named Colby, who she raised from a pup. Being at school without Colby for the past three years was really difficult for her because her anxiety and depression only got worse as the semesters went by. By senior year, (2018-2019) she knew she needed to get her ESA on campus. She decided to reach out to her therapist who helped her by writing a letter to the Center of Disabilities (CSD). After reading through all her documentation, Reslife and CSD agreed that having Colby in the apartment would be a huge benefit to Laura. Reslife then asked all her roommates including me, to write them an email saying that we all agree to living with Colby, since we do have the living room and kitchen as a shared space. For some people, a dog coming into an apartment could be something negative for them just because some people don’t like animals, specifically dogs, but for me as someone who has lived with cats my entire life it was the start of some great. Others, don’t understand the responsibility that comes with having an ESA, especially during college. It’s the responsibility of making sure someone is at the apartment at all times, making sure they are walked to use the bathroom and picking up their “business” outside, and to make sure they are fed at their designated times. This responsibility can be a lot to handle especially during exams, midterms and even finals.

This semester, my Mondays start at 9am and don’t end till 9pm, so after a tiring day it’s awesome to return back home to Colby who is as just as excited to see me as how I am to be home. It’s even better on the nights you need someone to cuddle with because what Colby does best is sleep and also snores! She is a great way to escape reality for a little bit and just to hang around with when I’m feeling lonely. It has even helped when I was taking Animal Anatomy & Physiology last semester, and I had to memorize some bones. Most of the times, my breaks at my apartment consisted of me grabbing a snack and shouting “Business?!” to Colby to take a nice walk around my apartment complex. If this isn’t an option; other than having an ESA on campus, UConn Health Education also hosts Pet Therapy every week in the Relaxation Station where students can hang out with therapy dogs and relax. Paws to Relax is another opportunity during finals week where they come to the library’s first floor!

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Elephant Crossing

Collecting samples in the field
Collecting samples in the field

Most days at work, I drive my car to a climate-controlled office and sit at cubicle working with a data set, or in a conference room discussing a research project. I try at avoid rush hour traffic in Hartford on my way back to Storrs. Last month at work however, I rode on the back of a motorbike over narrow dirt roads through lush vegetation and paddy fields. I sat outside colorfully painted homes with the participants of the very same research project. I had to be sure to make it back to the field house before the wild elephants came out because they tend to chase down bikes.

Through my internship with the Health Research Program, I had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka over winter break and work with research assistants in the field. As a dual degree student with Allied Health Sciences (CAHNR) and Anthropology (CLAS), my internship was already the perfect combination of my academic interests. I work under a medical anthropologist and help study factors associated with the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lankan agricultural communities, where the disease is endemic and a major public health concern. Factors include environmental exposures, occupational hazards and behaviors, and other clinical components. This means that our research team is made up of experts from the fields of nephrology, environmental science and statistics as well. I had been studying issues relating to the CKDu problems for months, but just a few weeks in Sri Lanka completely changed my understanding of the disease, the families it affects, and the nature of the research.

Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

I always wanted to study abroad, and as my college career was wrapping up, it seemed like it would be something I simply “didn’t get around to.” When my mentor at UCHC and I realized how well it would work out if I were to travel to Sri Lanka at this timepoint, I knew we had to make it happen. I was able to make meaningful contributions to our team and learn about global health and international research in the process. This trip was the highlight of my college career and will help me in my future studies as I pursue public health in graduate school.

I would encourage anyone interested in research, traveling abroad, or both to actively seek out resources on campus such as the Office of Undergraduate Research and Education Abroad to learn about their diverse array of programs.

I am grateful for this opportunity and I could not have had this experience without the financial support from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Health Research Program. I am also endlessly thankful to my boss who has been travelling to Sri Lanka for much of his career, and the other members of the research team who have also traveled to the same area as I in the last year, for all their advice and support. Lastly, I’m thankful to the University of Peradeniya, the researchers in Sri Lanka partnering on this project, and the participants who were happy to sit with me and tell me about their experiences.

Morning Routines

Sunrise on campusBoost your Productivity for a Successful Semester


Ah, the morning routine. To some, “morning routine” is synonymous with butterflies, happiness, and lattes. To others, dragging a zombie-like body to an 8AM class in pajamas might come to mind.

Look up the habits of “successful people” and there is a clear trend; successful people tend to wake up earlier.

Now before you start setting your alarm for the crack of dawn, there are also plenty of examples of successful people who despise mornings. J. R. R Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, once wrote “I am in fact a Hobbit in all but size” and also claimed to wake up late whenever possible. Winston Churchill famously refused to get out of bed until 11AM.

There are some people who have found ways around being an early riser; however, if you’re finding that your current routine just isn’t cutting it or you’re not finishing tasks like you’d like, a fresh, new morning routine might be just what you need.

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How do I prepare for Medical School or Dental School?

Shaun getting involved in extracurricular activities – Husky Hungama

This is a question that most Pre-Med/Pre-Dental students ask themselves as they make the transition from high school to college to continue their undergraduate studies. As a Pre-Dental student, this was the same question I asked myself when I started my freshman year at UConn. When I first started thinking about dental school, I didn’t know where to begin or who to talk to about my future aspirations.

The first step is to do research about the field you are interested in to see if it is a potential career path that fits your interests. Most people will tell you to speak with a Pre-Med/Dental advisor first, but from experience, it’s better to read about the field first so you are well-versed about the opportunities available and requirements that need to be met prior to applying to a dental program. For me, I started to research dentistry while I was a senior in high school. Despite spending many hours researching different dental programs, I found that doing this was extremely helpful because it showed me what dental schools were looking for from a well-rounded applicant. After doing some research, I met with not only Pre-Med/Dental advisors, but also spoke with other students who were currently applying to dental programs to hear their advice about what they did to become a well-rounded applicant and what they would do differently if they were to change the way they prepared their application for dental school.

After taking all of these steps, one of the most important things in this whole process is to shadow a physician or dentist by contacting different medical or dental practices. I believe this is a crucial step because when you are shadowing a physician or dentist in the field, you can see hands on what kind of work they do on a daily basis and what the work entails. For most people, this is a checkpoint because it gives you an idea of what kind of work you may potentially do as a physician or dentist. If you feel passionate about this work and you are certain that this is the career you want to pursue, then every measure you take beyond this point will become easier. When I shadowed different dentists during my winter and summer breaks, I knew that this was the career I wanted to pursue in my life. For me, not only did the dental procedures and the work environment of a dentist inspire me greatly, but it was the impact a dentist can have on their patient’s self-esteem that truly touched me.

After the first two years of undergrad, I began my preparation for the dental admission test (DAT) where I scheduled study sessions for two and half months prior to taking the DAT. This was a very stressful point in my college career because I had to be very disciplined in keeping up with my study schedule so I could perform well on the DAT.  Despite this struggle, I can assure you that creating a tight schedule with breaks included will make this difficult time easier. After taking the DAT, I remember starting to write my personal statement which required a lot of time and effort to write. One thing I would suggest is to start writing your personal statement in advance because it is the one of most important factors of your dental application that admissions committees will review and it is not something that can be written overnight. My personal statement took three months to write and after doing many edits on it, I soon was able to reach a point where I was satisfied with my work by making small changes on it each day.

Among all of the pre-requisite courses, shadowing hours, extracurricular activities, research, and employment opportunities I had throughout my undergraduate studies, one thing I learned was never to give up. At some point, you will reach a roadblock, by not doing well in a class or feeling overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities that you are given. When you reach this point, ask yourself one question, how bad do I want it? If you want something as bad as you want to breathe, I assure you everything will fall in place.

A Seat at the Table

Though the University of Connecticut is diverse in a myriad of different ways, and offers a number of different resources for minorities, it can still be difficult for minorities to adjust to this environment. I attended a high school that had predominantly minority students. It was definitely a challenge for me to adjust to a predominately white campus during my freshman year. I was curious as to whether or not other minorities on this campus felt the same way as I did. I sat down with a group of my peers to discuss their experiences as minorities here on campus.  

“Underrepresented, unfair, interesting, annoying,” are just a few of the ways that the women I spoke with described their paths at UConn. K.C. (of Haitian American Descent), spoke about how the common “stereotypes about African Americans can cause additional pressure on students.” For instance, it is a common misconception that minorities are only on this campus as a result of Affirmative Action. Some people even believe that minorities are incapable of producing the grades to earn a position here at this University, just as any other student. UConn’s position of 18th on a list of top public schools proves that acceptance into this university is no small feat. K.C. describes this undermining of minorities, specifically African Americans, as “unfair.” This is not only an issue on this campus but throughout the nation, such as the Fisher v University of Texas case.

“Minorities are not represented in many of the student activities.”  S.E., a Jamaican student, expressed how the lack of representation affects how much our voices are heard. Whether it be through faculty members or our student body, issues that pertain specifically to minorities are often ignored as a result of this underrepresentation. “Our voices are not heard; we do not receive the equality.” One issue S.E. spoke about was how some campus programs that all students could potentially benefit from are not properly advertised to the entire student body; specifically minorities. Thus, lack of representation can cause missed opportunities for minority students.

Many of the issues that my peers spoke about resonated with me and my experiences as a Jamaican American student. I find myself being one of the few minorities, and/or the only black student in the programs that I’m involved in that aren’t specifically geared towards people of color. And in most of my classes I am the only black student. The intersection of lack of diversity, misrepresentation through the media, and lack of exposure, has often put me in a position where I represent my entire race. In everything I do on campus, I think of how I represent Black people, and Jamaicans, to all my peers, some of which have only experienced minorities though the media. Though this is a role that I have long played, it still adds a certain level of pressure on me as a student in these situations.

My experiences as a minority student on this campus have been trying in some ways; in contrast, I’ve been exposed to so many valuable experiences and people as a result of it. I have personally gained from my participation in the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center. These centers have connected me with students and faculty members that understand and have faced similar issues as I have. In these safe spaces, I have a voice and I am represented. Through involvement in academic programs such as The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), I have been connected with a community of STEM scholars that are all underrepresented on campus. Through LSAMP, I learn about valuable opportunities that I may have otherwise missed, I am connected with other STEM majors that face similar challenges, and I have gained mentors and have had the opportunity to act as a mentor to other students. As a member of the National Council of Negro women, I have found a safe space to connect and develop with other black women on campus. Though many of the members come from different walks of life, and have different experiences on campus, we are all able to bond over a shared culture, and uplift one another through the challenges we face specifically as black women on and off campus.

Like me, many of the minorities that I’ve interacted with on campus have faced similar issues; on the other hand, we have also found solace in similar programs geared specifically towards the culture we identify with. For this very reason, the cultural centers, the programs they house, and other academic programs specifically for minorities are vital at UConn. There is a need for more diversity in all aspects of campus life at UConn.  Though the resources that I’ve touched on have a powerful impact on many students, there is still much to be done. It is incumbent upon those that hold positions of privilege on this campus to step out of their comfort zone, communicate, listen and take a seat at the table with minorities, to understand and help foster true diversification at UConn. I believe that through education, and more exposure, UConn can begin to alleviate some of the challenges minorities face on campus.

A Foreign Perspective on College


The idea of “home” has always been an ambiguous term for me. Before arriving at UConn, I had lived in four different countries, attended five different schools, and was basically always on the move. The thought of making yet another move to college did not intimidate me in the slightest, which in hindsight, was extremely naïve of me. As every high school student does, I had a preconceived notion of what college should be like, and some may say, very unrealistic expectations of what the next four years of my life were going to look like.

I made the move to America alone, with my family being 10,000 miles away in Singapore, and suddenly it all hit me. I didn’t know a single person in this country, I hadn’t decided on my major, and I most importantly, I didn’t have any winter clothes for the upcoming frost.

First Winter in the US
First Winter in the US

Although the first few weeks were without a doubt miserable, I slowly started to find myself, and I realized that the “college experience” doesn’t just happen on its own, it is something you have to build for yourself. It became very clear that putting myself out there and talking to as many strangers as I could was a necessity if I was ever going to meet people that I liked. I realized that I had very little interest in any of my Economics classes (the major that I had intended on pursuing), but rather that I was truly passionate about the Environmental courses that I was enrolled in. Being on my own helped me discover my passions and helped me figure out what kind of people that I want to surround myself with.

College is what you make of it. As cheesy at it sounds, I have found this to be the most accurate representation of my past two years here at UConn. Put yourself out there, meet as many people as you can, and take as wide a variety of classes as you possibly can, because there is no way of knowing what you’re truly passionate about if you do not let yourself explore the options.