[Andy Arroyo inspecting the geology at Cape Ann]
My journey at Central started in the Fall of 2011. I started as an Earth Science Secondary Education Major. I was shy and did not know what to expect, especially of my classmates, since they were to be way much younger than I. I soon found myself in my first Biology class. There I meet a young lady who introduced herself and asked what my major was and continued to explain that she too was an Earth Science Secondary Education Major. This made me very excited, because at least I knew of one person who was on the same path as myself. Soon, she would introduce me to other students in the Geological Sciences Department, who would embrace and befriend me.
The course study was very challenging, especially for me. I am not the traditional university student who has just graduated high school. I am married and have a family. But the support that I received, not only from my classmates, but also from the professors, has helped me greatly and allowed me to successfully complete my course studies. There have been many times in which I sought help from professors who were not my instructors and never once was I ever turned away from any of them. Another thing that I am grateful for, is that although the professors have office hours, we students could go and speak with them even during their off- hours. It did not matter if it was of a personal or academic matter or just to chit-chat. For this I say Thank You to all of the professors.
I had the opportunity to graduate in the Spring of 2015 with a B.S in Earth Science, but after speaking with Dr. Evans I decided to stay on and earn my Geology specialization degree. The work has been challenging, but very fulfilling. A great experience that can’t be matched anywhere else, are the field exercises we conduct, whether it is in Wickham Park, East Haddam or Cape Ann. Just look at my picture from a field exercise trip to Cape Ann, MA. Boy, doesn’t it look like hard work?
During these field exercises not only do we learn about science, we also learn a lot about each other, including our professors. The relationships and bonds we have formed with each other is that of a family. We all take care of each other; whether it is studying for an exam, laboratory or field work or just lending an ear. This can be said not only of the students but of the professors and faculty in the Geological Sciences Department at CCSU.
My time in the Geological Sciences Department is not that of a stepping stone for my career, but a place where I have built friendships and family bonds. It is a place in which I am committed and must commit to come back and help grow so others may enjoy the same wonderful experiences that I have. My hat is off to all who have made this possible for me. – Andy Arroyo