Ecological Studies, ‘13
Castleton alum Jasen Teal put his degree to work soon after walking across the stage at graduation. Earning a Bachelors degree in Ecological Studies, the 2013 graduate, who currently resides in Utah, used his degree to advance his career in the Federal government.
Teal joined the Castleton campus due to the university's unique class sizes, which allowed him to better connect and interact with his teachers on a more personal level. The small college feel, flexibility of classes and abundance of outdoor surroundings also drew Teal to the green mountains.
“It fit me well,” he said, adding that he was able to fully balance his classwork while still enjoying the beautiful Vermont outdoors.
Professors in the Natural Sciences Department, such as Cynthia Moulton, served as influential mentors for Teal during his college years. Their dedication to students, and hands on approach to learning helped him to flourish within his field.
"Cynthia takes the time and gives you the tools so you can make the best decisions for your career and life goals. I can't even begin to think I would have done as well or be where I am without her influence," explained Teal.
Since moving on to become a professional in his field Teal said he still has many fond memories of his time at Castleton. Among those, he will remember most his hands-on experience as a student, in particular the Wildlife Field Course, and the professors who always challenged him to continue to grow.
"Students aren't just a number at Castleton, they are the heart and soul of the school," Teal said. "Spartan pride runs deep and I am very proud to be a Castleton alum."