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Purdue NW Grad Preparing to Spend Next Year Teaching in South Korea

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Published on August 17, 2016 with No Comments

Nathaniel Kennedy

When Nathanial Kennedy earned his Purdue degree from the North Central campus of Purdue University Northwest, he already knew how he would spend the coming year.

The La Porte resident earned his baccalaureate degree in biology in May and will be teaching with the English Program in Korea (EPIK), helping Korean public school teachers improve their English skills.

When Kennedy returns home next year he plans to pursue a graduate degree in business or science and looks forward, he says, to a career that “bridges the public and the sciences and inspires others to pursue leadership, science, education, and meaning in life.”

As a student, Kennedy was a supplemental instructor in biology; he tutored biology, chemistry and math; and he was a human gross anatomy teaching assistant.

He also was a member of Student Government, Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society, Delta Sigma Science Club, Ecology Club, Pre-med Club and the Honors Program. He volunteered to help organize the Women in Science Expo, College of Science Open House, Delta Sigma Science Fair, Delta Sigma Flu Shot Drive, Be The Match National Marrow Donor drive and organized two on-campus voter registration events.

In outreach to others, Kennedy explained, “I believe that every interaction between people can have lifelong effects. I am honored to play a part, however small, in the academic lives of kids who will one day change the world.”

As to the sciences, Kennedy said. “I enjoy the critical thinking skills and practice that the sciences provide. As a student I was able to work with people in a variety of departments and disciplines.”

He credited Assistant Professor of Biology Lindsay Gielda as his “motivator, educator and shoulder to cry on. Her passion for science is only rivaled by her dedication to the success of her students.”

Kennedy shares this advice with other students: “Get involved in clubs, apply for scholarships, talk to professors just for fun, do research, hit the gym and spend time with family and friends. Don’t waste time waiting for the ‘right’ time, charge ahead and have fun along the way.”

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