Thank You Letters

Luke Gangi-Wellman

Program of Emphasis: Biology

Hometown: Florence, MA

High School: Northampton High School

Why I chose to attend Juniata: I chose to attend Juniata College for many reasons. Among those were it's strong sense of pride, integrity, and trust. Ever since I stepped foot on the campus, I knew it would be a great place to be. I am interested in pursuing a career of research and I knew that Juniata had a very good reputation for that. When it came down to financial aid, I was pleasantly astonished to see how little I would have to pay to come to such a great school as this. The aid I received definitely had an impact on me coming here, and I'm very glad that I did.

Clubs and Organizations: I have participated in many clubs and organizations on campus. Among these are Social Dance Club, Habitat for Humanity, Laughing Bush (Outdoors Club), and my personal time consumer, JCCA (Junaita College Cycling Association). I am currently the president of JCCA and plan to hold this title as long as I am a student here. This club is a wonderful organization of both student and faculty cyclists who go out and have a great time. It serves as a wonderful de-stresser in my life and I am very happy to be such an important part of it.

Most Interesting Class: This year has been a very difficult one indeed. I made the decision to front-load my schedule to leave more room for research and similar opportunities in the future. Despite this fact, I have very much enjoyed BI106-Cells and Organic Molecules. Biology is definitely a huge part of what I'm interested in, and the depth this course reaches on subjects such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA replication, and protein synthesis is simply intriguing. The professors are very talented and do a wonderful job of making highly complex subjects simple and easy to understand. I'm very thankful for the education I'm receiving.

Favorite Faculty Member: Dr. Matter, while he hasn't been a professor of mine this semester, has helped me through some very hard times and always been there as both a wise professor, and an understanding friend. He is both my advisor and a member of the cycling club, so I see a good bit of him. His enthusiasm and passion for life are things I look up to greatly.

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