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Paul Petersen '01

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"I took a geology class in 10th grade, and knew I wanted to study geology since then. I wanted to be able to work outdoors and to have opportunities to travel and see new places."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Bonding during all-night Mineralogy review sessions
  • Glacial Geomorphology field trip to Au Sable and Professor van Dijk's patience
  • Relationships with both the professors and other students
  • Blending faith with academics and athletics

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

"I think Calvin gave me a very well-rounded backbone in geology that allowed me to have an overall geologic understanding while still pursuing my specialized interests. I actually found graduate courses to be easier than my Calvin classes and spent far less time studying in grad school, so I guess that means Calvin prepared me well. I do wish that I had been able to take more physics, and learn a computer programming language as an undergraduate."

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

  • Albion's geology field camp the summer following graduation
  • Married a geologist (who I met at field camp) a year later
  • Graduate school for geology at Utah State University

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

"After grad school, I got a job in Logan at a small consulting company called GEO/Graphics that specializes in GIS, photogrammetry, GPS and cartography. So ironically enough, after getting two degrees in geology, I am now a geographer. My job consists primarily of map production and analysis, aerial photo processes, resource mapping, and GIS customization and programming. And I ski a lot."

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"Remember that school or your job is not your identity; your relationship with God makes who you are. The world and the academic community (especially in grad school) will try to tell you what your priorities and your life should be, but know that academic knowledge is not everything and that your job is not everything. Go to field camp."

Major/minor

Geology

Career tags

GIS, resource mapping

Contact

rockharrier@yahoo.com