Gettysburg College is filled with exciting opportunities in which students can get involved. During her first visit, Marion McKenzie ’19 was eager to join the campus community.
“You were integrated from the moment you arrived here, and I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. McKenzie immediately busied her schedule with challenging coursework and extracurricular activities.
These courses included Environmental Studies Prof. Sarah Principato’s Earth Systems class and Mathematics Prof. Bela Bajnok’s Calculus 2 honors class. These teachers quickly became her mentors and inspired her to get more involved in the subjects. “Prof. Bajnok saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself at the time,” McKenzie said. He encouraged her to take more classes in math, and she later declared an environmental studies major, with a mathematics minor.
Between the laboratory and the classroom, these courses sparked curiosity in McKenzie. “The way of thinking is like a puzzle that I had to figure out,” she reflected. “It challenged me and I wanted to continue with it.” McKenzie’s excitement for discovery led her to arrange a lunch meeting with Principato to learn more about her research regarding glaciers in Northern Iceland. The research received a grant, McKenzie applied to be a student researcher, and she was hired as part of the team.