Kelsey Sabo '13Biology, pre-vet major from Glens Falls, NY
I like that Hartwick has a small population, making me feel at home and an important member of a close-knit community, but it offers the same opportunities as large universities, prior to and after graduating.
What are your classes like?
My classes fall anywhere between seven students in a glass-blowing class to 40 students in biology, chemistry, or physics lectures and labs. This semester, my classes have involved field trips to apothecaries nearby for medicinal plants, shooting rockets across the soccer field for physics, and African drumming for my anthropology course! My favorite aspect of Hartwick classes is that my professors not only know my name, but I see them outsides the classroom at theatre productions, presentations, and sporting events, fundraisers, and even sitting in The Commons!
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
"Theory into practice" means taking what you're learning and applying it to the real world; a "hands-on" experience.
How have your professors made an impact on your education?
The 11:1 student-faculty ratio ensures your professor will know you, understand your learning style, see your progress, and help if you struggle with certain concepts. Seeing the immense effort that every single one of my professors has put into their courses encourages me to put even more effort into my education, as well. They are so knowledgeable in their fields, energetic in the classroom, and approachable outside the classroom that it creates a very positive learning environment.
What do you do outside the classroom?
Although it might be easier to list what I don't do, I'll try to make this short! Although I'm a biology student, I'm very active in the Theatre Department. I've been a lead in the Main Stage Production, in One Acts, the Monologue Festivals, and the 24-Hour Play Festivals. I'm an Understudy Educator in Alpha Psi Omega, the Honorary Theatre Fraternity; and I'm the vice president of Cardboard Alley Players, the theatre club on campus. I'm a member of Blue Key through the Admissions Office, so you may see me giving tours around campus or chatting with prospective students in Larsen Lounge. Perhaps you'll see me climbing through trees on the ropes courses at Pine Lake as a member of the Challenge Education Staff. I was also a New-Student Orientation Leader this summer and currently co-teach a section of the 'Wick 101 courses. I'm a member of Orchesis, so you'll see me dancing away on stage at the end of the semester. This past summer, I went to Sri Lanka and worked on an elephant orhpanage and plan to go back for most of the summer next year, and I'm going to South Africa for J Term this year! Also, I'm now a sister of Gamma Phi Delta, one of the three sororities at Hartwick!
How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
It's a small, spirited school with a huge heart.
What comes after Hartwick?
I plan to probably join the Peace Corps for a term and definitely travel extensively. I plan to spend a lot of time volunteering with people and animals overseas and raising money whenever I come home to see my wonderful mother. By then, somebody will have invented a tree that grows money, in which I will invest, then go to grad school for zoology or animal behavior. On the side, I will star in various films, so an Academy Award is also in my future plans. I will also accomplish everything on my ever-growing bucket list, such as skydiving, traveling to all seven continents, adopting a child, and starting a charity organization, leaving me as an older woman with three kids, a trusty sidekick Australian shepherd, and maybe a husband ... if he can keep up!
What would you tell future Hartwick students?
Dream big. People might call you crazy, but really, it's ambition. Take advantage of the people at Hartwick who are here to help you accomplish these dreams; that's what they're here for! Also, please invent the money tree I mentioned as soon as possible!