Each month, the Environmental Sciences Academic Program highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the program. This month, September, the spotlight focuses on, Daniel Marulanda.
Name: Daniel Marulanda
Focal Area: Applied Ecology but I am planning to create on my own focal area.
Year: 2nd year
Hometown: Statesville, NC
- What lead you to select Environmental Sciences at NC State?
I was originally planning to go into engineering but after meeting the ES staff and taking ES courses I realized that my personality is better suited for science.
- What is your favorite aspect about the Environmental Science program?
How diverse the program is. Every student I’ve met within the program has been interested in a different aspect of Environmental Science. It’s exciting to see that this major attracts so many inspiring people and helps develop their interests into careers.
- What has been your favorite course at NC State?
PY211 with Heyward. He’s a funny and goofy professor but he knows his stuff. I appreciate that he helps students understand how to think and approach physics problems without giving students the answer. I admire that style of teaching.
- How did you select your focal area?
I have an interest in ecology and learning how to apply principles to help the real-world.
- What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?
While I agree that it is important to take your education seriously and make the most out of it, I also believe that it is important for students to develop their social skills. Make friends, get involved in clubs, and try new hobbies.
- What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?
I love working as a mentor for the EcoVillage. I enjoy running and rock climbing. I am a big fan of Dungeons & Dragons as well.