Drew Shelquist

What are you planning to do next year and what do you plan to be doing five years from now?

Next year I'll be going to Oregon for an additional certificate degree in aquarium sciences and marine animal care.  In five years, I'm really not too sure.  As of now, I hope to be working in a marine animal hospital providing care to various marine species.

How have your vocational/career goals changed during your time at CSB/SJU?

I knew I wanted to work with marine species before coming to CSB/SJU, and my time here gave me the background knowledge to pursue that career.  What I wanted to do never changed, but I now have the knowledge and credentials to get an edge in the field.

Why did you choose Biology as a major and how did you go about choosing the 300-level Biology courses that you chose?

If I was going into the natural sciences and working with animals, Biology was an easy major choice.  As far as my 300-level courses, I knew there wasn't going to be much marine studies in a Minnesota university.  However, there were plenty that fit in with my rather unique career choice, such as invertebrate zoology, aquatic ecology, and behavioral ecology.

What was the most rewarding experience you had at CSB/SJU (Biology-related or otherwise)?

I was given the opportunity to spend winter break my senior year in Mexico, working with sea turtles.  I was emailed the course by one of my professors, and had a great time.  This allowed me to expand my learning beyond the land-locked classroom in Minnesota and gain valuable experience in my field.

Do you have any advice for students who are not sure what they want to do after graduation?

Take lots of classes outside of your major; it's one of the greatest benefits of a liberal arts education.  Get to know your profs, and take advantage of the options available outside the classroom.  CSB/SJU does a great job of constantly providing internships, courses and other study options.  Keep your eyes and ears open for anything that may spark an interest, and chanced are you'll find something you want to pursue.  If you know what you want to do, CSB/SJU also has many career resources available for job searching and making connections with others already in your field.