As a Vermont native, Jacob Swane said he never envisioned venturing out of the Green Mountains when making his college decision.
“Castleton was affordable and has the small college feel that I wanted,” said the alumni biology major and statistics minor.
From the first time he stepped on campus to present day, Swane credits the Castleton community with molding him into a better student and future employee. Additionally, he said his experiences have helped him to apply his passion of biology to his future career goals.
After having the opportunity to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from Orwell School through the Science Association, Swane said he aspires to become a biology teacher.
“Castleton has shown me what I want to do with the rest of my life and has opened the door to so many opportunities,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after college, but my time at Castleton has shown me my path and now I can reach my goals.”
In addition to teaching at a local school, Swane also had a variety of experiential learning opportunities in which Castleton has made the world his classroom.
“With classes that pertain to my major I have been taken all over Vermont and New England to look at different habitats and ecosystems,” said Swane, adding that the ability to travel to these places has made being an ecologist both fun and exciting. “I have been able to travel to Belize, Guatemala and Costa Rica in order to enhance my understanding of biology and the world around me.”
Throughout his journey, Swane said he appreciates the unending support he has received from the Natural Sciences Department, not only in his field studies but also in his abundant research opportunities.
“My advisor, Dr. Cynthia Moulton, has been with me every step of my college career,” said Swane. “I also have had the opportunity to work with her on an independent research project and am planning to attend a herpetological conference to present my findings.”
Outside of the classroom, Swane is also a member of the men’s club rugby team and said he knows he has made friendships that will last a lifetime.
“What I will remember most about Castleton is the amazing adventure that I was able to embark on with the help of my professors,” he said. “Whether it was getting up to go birding around campus in Ornithology or climbing the ancient Mayan ruins in Collapse of a Civilization, I can say that my time here has been memorable.”