Jonathan would describe himself as a “professional student”, he has a deep love for learning and a true interest for chemistry, so much that he wants to know every detail of information possible within the subject. Shawnee State has given him the opportunity to earn his first degree and graduate in 2011, but after taking a break he decided to come back and pursue a degree in chemistry. Earning a chemistry degree will prepare Jonathan for working in a research career; his ultimate dream is to build larger molecules out of smaller things in a lab, possibly running his own laboratory one day.
“My favorite part about Shawnee is that you can really get to know your professors. There are research opportunities around students that you feel more confident approaching your professors about if you have any questions. Since you don’t have classes where there are 150 people in them, you have classes where there are 30 people max, so you really get to know your professors and they get to know you.”
When Jonathan first began his college career he was quite intimidated by certain classes, especially those that involved math. He was able to overcome this fear by using resources such as the math laboratory and help from professors. Students like Jonathan are encouraged to pursue their dreams by professors, who offer help in multiple ways to move toward their future. The Chemistry program is one of a kind, allowing students to focus on their interests and retain the material rather than just simply learning within a classroom. If students want to expand their horizons, you can focus on research opportunities or join the chemistry club.