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Jennifer Hastings, '16

Jennifer Hastings, '16Sophomore Jennifer Hastings (on right in photo), an environmental science and biology major, spent the summer of 2014 interning at The Wilds. She explains the research she was involved with, “I worked with Dr. Ingold, Dr. Dooley and several other students from Muskingum. The internship was an amazing experience; we did grassland bird research as well as vegetation surveys at two different locations at the Wilds. Obligate grassland bird species populations have been struggling, but they seem to do well on reclaimed surface mine areas.”

When she was researching colleges, Jennifer knew she wanted to attend a small school. She considered herself “pretty shy” in high school, but once she came to Muskingum, she decided to become a tour guide: “I never anticipated…becoming a tour guide.  Previously I would have been terrified to spend an hour with complete strangers, telling them about Muskingum, it was really out of my comfort zone.  But I went out on a limb and decided to try it and I absolutely love giving tours.”

Jennifer is also on the women's soccer team and is a part of Circle K (a service group) and several academic honoraries. She also works as a peer tutor in the Student Success Center.