Alumni Spotlight: Jacie Shuman '17
Master of Science in Biology Candidate
University of North Carolina—Wilmington
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in biology?
I made a few changes along the way to declaring biology as my final major. First, I was an elementary education major since I had always thought I wanted to be an early elementary school teacher. I quickly changed my mind after that initial choice and decided middle level education with a science focus was more what I wanted. I finally dropped the education aspect and decided upon biology during my first semester at Widener. I decided that I was more interested in doing biology than I was being a teacher.
what clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
Alternative Spring Break, Beta Beta Beta (Biological Honor Society), CREW (Orientation
Leaders), Pride Activities Council, PAWs (Tour Guide), Honors Program in General Education,
Biology Club, Student Philanthropy Council, and Senior Class Gift.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
The classes will be rigorous, so form study groups early and often (these people will become some of your closest friends). Do not be afraid to go ask a professor for help. They want to help you! Use the resources the campus has available to you such as the tutoring center or the writing center. Regardless of the major you decide, get involved on campus! You never know what opportunity might happen because of it.
how has widener prepared you for life after college?
Widener has opened my ideas about what I could and want to do with a biology degree. Writing skills are crucial in life, especially to a grad student. Widener has helped me sharpen my writing ability, allowing me to be accepted into a MS in Marine Biology program. After my MS I plan on enrolling in a biology PhD program so that I can become a college professor able to teach and conduct research.