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Jason Poll '00

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"I have always been inclined towards the natural sciences, especially geology. As I developed as a Christian and a scientist, I became increasingly aware of the potential conflict the two can create. When I made my decision to attend Calvin, as I was inspired to do by a couple Calvin students who shared my beliefs, the extra expense of a private university became less of an issue. I wanted to learn more about how the two disciplines work together or may even be reinforced by each other."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

  • "Professor Stearley brought the sometimes intimidating realm of geology into a light that was more easily understood."
  • Environmental classes
  • Although it was a struggle to be a part of the Calvin community as an off-campus student, Jason found the GEO department "to be better understanding than most and a refuge..."
  • Fun and interesting field trips that would make a postal worker proud (rain, snow, etc.)
  • Comfortable and engaging classrooms and class sizes
  • "Yup—Rocks!" T-shirt

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Even though I am in an entry-level position, stress is a routine part of my life. A firm belief in God is the strongest tool in my belt and one which I rely the most upon."

LIFE AFTER CALVIN:

  • Married in July 2000
  • Worked with an Indiana consulting firm
  • Moved to Grand Haven and purchased a home
  • Currently working as a geologist for Westshore Consulting

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

"I perform a wide variety of duties including hydrogeologic studies, subsurface investigations of soil and groundwater contamination, designing and implementing enhanced bioremediation systems, environmental due-diligence activities related to real property transactions, and geotechnical evaluations. My time is spent both in the field doing hands-on collection of data or research (60%) and in the office documenting or reporting the data, marketing, correspondence with clients or the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (40%)."

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"Don't be afraid to be yourself and follow the path that God has chosen for you, using the gifts that you were given.  There is life without graduate school."

Major/minor

geology/environmental studies

Career tags

geological consulting

Contact

jpoll@gmx.com