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April / May 2013

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Jamie Meegan

Trine experience helps shape goals

“The sum of all of my experiences at Trine has made up a significant part of who I am today, and has helped shape my future goals.”

Senior Chemistry major Jamie Meegan has been active on campus since she started here four years ago. She has been a part of the Trine American Chemical Society and Trine Honors Student Association, as well as worked in the financial aid office during her four years on campus. She was also a member of the women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, and dance teams for one year each, and a member of the track team for three years.

She chose Trine University because of the people, small class sizes, and campus improvements being made, along with the scholarships she received. She’s grateful for the professors she’s had, explaining that a number of them have had a great impact on her education and life, and each has contributed in a different way.

Her biggest accomplishment as a student has been being accepted into graduate school. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of South Florida College of Medicine School of Biomedical Sciences Doctorate Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences. Her honors project is coordinating a fundraising walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. She is looking forward to this project being another accomplishment during her time as a Trine Student.

You can learn more about Meegan by viewing her LinkedIn profile.

Senior looks forward to teaching career

Almost alumna DJ Apple

David (DJ) Apple will graduate in the fall with a major in elementary education. He chose Trine four years ago because it is a small university that was close enough to commute from his Montpelier, Ohio, home. Apple said he appreciates that he is known as a person, and not a number.

Apple, who graduated as valedictorian of his high school class, prides himself in having made the president’s list multiple times during his college career. Even after having a down semester, his hard work and perseverance has earned him a spot back on the list.

As a commuter student, Apple said he is not active in organizations, but he does take time out of his busy schedule to tutor children and high school students at area schools. “I enjoy helping people out whenever I have a chance,” he said.

He credits his eagerness for teaching to Professor Amy Alexander, the facilitator for the education methods block. Her enthusiasm for teaching, and ways of making college courses fun, have had the largest impact, he said. When he first started in the education major, Apple wanted to teach at a higher grade level. His eyes were opened to the fun of teaching lower grades when a methods block had him in a second-grade classroom, he reports.

After graduation, he wants to teach in a school near his hometown, and he hopes to become involved with a track program within the district.