Julie Opdyke '15

Sophomore biology major from Syracuse, NY

Why Hartwick?
Hartwick is full of amazing opportunities, from J Term to internships and MetroLink to the experience the professors are able to bring to the table. Plus, overlooking the valley is one of my favorite views in all of New York.

What are your classes like?
My classes are challenging, I am spending time completing graduation requirements on top of completing my major requirements. So I am pushing myself to stay on top of all my courses, not letting one class take precedence over another.

What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
Theory into practice is taking the knowledge of the classroom and applying that to everyday situations. Being able to apply my classroom knowledge to my surroundings to continue my learning every day truly shows that the learning process truly has evolved.

How have your professors made an impact on your education?
My professors show me that everything in life (past, present, and future) is interconnected. Just because an artist painted a work over 100 years ago, doesn't mean that the style in which it was created won't leave an impression on the modern world. And they have shown me that a species may evolve faster than others and that has, does, and will make an impact on its environment indefinitely.

What do you do outside the classroom?
I volunteer at my local Ambulance Corps, riding with EMTs and Paramedics, aiding them while they take care of patients. I also took time to get involved in my other interests on campus. I sing in Hartwick's a capella group, Not So Sharp, and I am the Vice President of Membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Music Fraternity of Women. I am a Hartwick Overnight Program Host, an Orientation Leader, a Peer Leader for Wick 101, and I am on the First Year Experience Signature Event Committee.

How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
I describe Hartwick as a beautiful school full of amazing opportunities and outlets - both academic and extracurricular - for all students regardless of class or major.

What comes after Hartwick?
I plan on doing internships at physical therapy offices, and going to grad school to get a degree in physical therapy and fitness.

What would you tell future Hartwick students?
School here at Hartwick is what you make of it. It is up to you to get involved on campus, and find balance between academics and things you love doing. Always strive to show everyone your personal best, and don't forget to leave time for yourself.

Know the facts.
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