Tell us about your classes this semester. Which are your favorites and why?
I'm taking two biology classes this semester: Vertebrate Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. I'm really excited to be taking both of them, because my two main interests in biology are zoology and evolution. In fact, I thought I would never get a chance to take Vertebrate Zoology, because John Iverson, who had taught the course for many years, has now retired from teaching. Luckily, visiting professor (and Earlham graduate!) Karen Mager, who works with caribou is able to teach it this semester!
I'm also taking a music history course, which is the last course I need to complete my music minor. It's a very different sort of class than my other two, for sure, and it's nice to have the change of pace three times a week, in my otherwise highly scientific schedule.
The thing I'm most enjoying, however, is working as a TA for the Biodiversity course. This was my favorite biology class I took at Earlham, so it's fun to be thinking about the diversity of life forms that exist on our planet. I also hope to be a teacher one day, so this is good experience and practice.
What are your plans for winter/summer break?
This summer, after a two year hiatus, I'm returning to the summer camp where I grew up, Camp Dark Waters in Medford, NJ. I spent five years there as a camper, before eventually becoming a counselor. The past two summers, I decided to do biological field work, first with Earlham's John Iverson in Nebraska, then at the University of Delaware this past summer. Those were wonderful experiences, and I'm glad I chose them, but I'm also excited to return to finally return to my summer camp, which I consider one of the best places in the world. I'll be working as Program Director, designing schedules and making sure everyone has a great time!
Tell us about an off-campus program you did and what was special about it.
Last spring I went on the New Zealand Environmental Science program. We learned a lot about the biology and geology of New Zealand, as well as some culture and history. I especially enjoyed the program because we did a lot of hiking, canoeing, etc. So much of our learning did not take place in the classroom, but was experiential. I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of this program.
Christopher Angell 2015
Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania
Major at Earlham: Biology