Hello everyone. My name is Chris; I’m a senior at OWU, with majors in chemistry and physics. My hometown is Haverhill, Massachusetts. As I said during our first class, I’m really into outdoor activities, with rock climbing and hiking taking up a lot of time. I spent last summer on a trail crew in northern Maine, rebuilding parts of the Appalachian Trail. The experience was incredible, as was the scenery.
Rock climbing also takes up quite a bit of my time, typically 12 hours a week. I climb indoors to practice during the week and head to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky whenever the weather is nice on the weekends. Before the semester started, I went to Arkansas for a week – the 50-60 degree weather was a welcome change from New England.
After graduation, I’m looking to work in environmental chemistry for a few years and then think about graduate school. The one field I would like to work in more than any other is nuclear waste management. I think most people fail to grasp just how dangerous the stuff is and the fact that there is absolutely no way to dispose of it. Like so many problems in our history, our current approach essentially amounts to pretending it isn’t there and letting future generations deal with it.