Eryn Niblick '13Biology and Anthropology double major, Spanish minor from Fort Wayne, Indiana
I first looked at Hartwick because it has great programs in the areas of study I am interested in. Then when I visited everyone was so friendly, and of course you can't help but fall in love with the beautiful scenery! I wanted to go away from home and experience a new area, and this was it!
What are your classes like?
My classes have ranged from challenging to fun and are usually a combination of the two.
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
Theory in practice is learning through hands-on experience. This is a huge part of being at Hartwick — something I absolutely love! Rather than only reading from a textbook, you learn through related experiences in and outside the classroom.
How have your professors made an impact on your education?
I have been able to form so many great relationships with professors. These professors show that they really care and take interest in what I am doing. One I am close to isn't even in any of my majors/minor departments. These relationships have given me so many opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Already, I have been able to begin doing research with my advisor and another student. Having these relationships has really made all the difference to my time here at Hartwick.
What do you do outside the classroom?
I am involved in Anthropology Club, BBB, and Ballroom Dance Club. I also am a tutor and a peer leader. I spend a lot of time in my dorm and the library doing homework. Otherwise my life is split between Johnstone, Yager, and Clark due to classes, clubs, and work study. My friends and I also love exploring/hiking the trails behind Table Rock!
How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
I always talk about the scenery and the beautiful, rolling hills. It is so different from back home, where everything is flat and the majority of scenery is cornfields or suburbs. When I first came here, the hills looked like mountains to me. It is also a lot smaller here (about 1/20 the size of my home city). I always tell my friends how much they'll love it out here when they visit — and so far, they have!
What comes after Hartwick?
I plan to go on to grad school — hopefully staying out east. I'm not sure what area of study will be my focus yet, but no matter what, I know I'll be well prepared.
What would you tell future Hartwick students?
Really get involved and take advantage of every opportunity you have. This is really the time in your life to explore and try new things. Hartwick has so many opportunities not available elsewhere. Should you take advantage of these, you'll meet so many amazing people and have an incredible college experience. I went to Peru this past J Term and I barely knew anyone on the trip. I made so many wonderful friends, and my experiences there are really indescribable. It was a truly life-changing trip.