Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Sarah Griffin

Activities? I’m actually one of the co-captains of the Wheaton College Dance Company, so I spend about 8 hours a week in the dance studio. That doesn’t even include additional rehearsals and weekend hours that we all spend in order to prepare for our show in December! We have a showcase at the end of each semester that features pieces created by both professional guest choreographers and student choreographers.We will be traveling to Belize and Costa Rica for two weeks in January to study coral reefs and tropical rain forests.

I’ve recently started choreographing pieces myself, which introduced me to the other side of theater that a dancer doesn’t necessarily encounter when they are only there to perform. Not only do you need enough inspiration to create a piece, but you also have to teach it to other dancers, put together costumes, and work with the lighting technicians. It’s been absolutely wonderful to continue my dance studies in college and I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Why Wheaton? I really love Wheaton’s small atmosphere in terms of class size. It’s nice to be in a class where the teacher actually knows your name and who you are as an individual. The smaller environment also presents opportunities to work independently with professors outside of class. For instance, I will be working closely with Professor Morgan next semester on research either in learning and memory in a giraffe or possibly on some canine cognition work.

Something interesting about me: I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland the spring semester of my junior year. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I have honestly grown so much from the experience. Edinburgh is an incredible city to study in and I learned so much about the surrounding culture. I would definitely encourage all students to travel abroad if they have the opportunity because you can learn so much about yourself and see the world with different eyes.

Biology: One class that I’m currently enrolled in is Tropical Field Biology with Professor McCafferty, Professor Shumway and a small group of students. This is particularly exciting because we will all be traveling to Belize and Costa Rica for two weeks in January to study coral reefs and tropical rain forests. As a psychobiology major with a concentration in animal behavior, this trip abroad will give me some experience in field methods that will be beneficial for my future studies. I also have an interest in plant ecology, so observing how plants and animals interact in these environments will be interesting to see for research purposes.