Kyle Beem '19
I grew up flipping rocks in my backyard looking for salamanders, amphibians, lizards, and snakes. That’s what pushed me into wanting to become an environmental scientist. So I kind of just put my whole heart into it. I want to work to figure out why we have the problems that we do today and what we can do to fix those.
A big thing for me coming to UNE is the small class size — all of my classes have less than thirty people — so you get really close with [people in] your major and you have a lot of time with teachers. I think it's really positive that you can meet with your professor, they actually know your name, and they take the time to help you to get better.
Last semester, I took Avian Ecology with Noah Perlut, and we got to have hands-on learning experiences with birds that are residents and non-residents within Southern Maine. We got to mis-net the birds, catch them, band them, and see where they end up all across the United States and in different countries. I’m a hands-on learner, so any kind of outside experience or in-the-field experience is beneficial for me personally, but just getting out there and doing the research with someone as dedicated as Noah is incredible. I think getting that experience has really helped me so now if I want to do research after school, I can just do that.
I studied abroad on UNE’s Tangier campus for a semester. Tangier was incredible. I mean, you get to live in Africa for four months, and you get many opportunities to travel to many different places. [The experience] opened my eyes up to a lot of different cultures. The school put on trips to Rabat, Chefchaouen, and more. We went to Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert. Apart from those, I also traveled to Madrid and Seville in Spain then later to Amsterdam.