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Erika Koontz

Class of 2017
Major/Minor: Spanish and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies

Campus Involvement
  • SEA Secretary
  • Co-Fundraising Chair for Habitat for Humanity
  • GIS Junior Intern

High School: Glenelg

Hometown: Woodbine, MD

Recommended Class/Professor: Dr. Casado-Presa’s 302 Advanced Spanish Proficiency

What does WC mean to you?

A community of friends. Even as a freshman, I know and am friends with countless numbers of people, many of whom are upperclassmen. Here, I feel like an actual person instead of a number. I’m grateful to go to this school and have made so many awesome memories already.

What are your summer plans? 

This summer, I will be on campus working as a research intern with Dr. Krochmal. We will be studying how sudden drainage of a pond affects the movement and natural relocation of Eastern Painted Turtles. Essentially, we are going to tag the turtles, destroy their habitat, and see if they have the cognitive ability to find a new pond. All in the name of science! 

Why did you choose your major? 

I’ve always loved the environment, so choosing to study it was a natural decision. I chose Environmental Studies over Environmental Science because I think it incorporates a broader set of classes and topics. I wanted to have plenty of lab classes, but I was also interested in economics, philosophy, and anthropology. I decided to double major with Spanish because I have been learning the language since seventh grade, and felt the need to continue. My favorite thing about the language is being able to hold and carry a conversation in a Spanish-speaking country. ¡Me encanta!

What is your favorite spot around Chestertown?

It’s a tie between Evergrain and the shoreline. Evergrain has a rustic-chic atmosphere that is quite unique, but the shoreline of the Chester has fresh air and beautiful shore birds.