UNDERGRADUATE SPOTLIGHT: NICK CASTEL
Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario
Program: Environmental Geology
Current year: Second Year
Why I chose Geology:
I chose Geology because I’ve always had a sense of adventure and a drive to explore the world around me. I didn’t expect to study Geology going into Queen’s and wasn’t even enrolled with the faculty at first, but one course later and I was sold. There really are very few professions that provide intellectually satisfying work, travel opportunities far and wide, real career development and the possibility of a good salary. At first, these are all what pulled me in.
But what kept me here was something else. Since becoming a part of Geology, I’ve not only developed a deeper understanding of the planet we live on, but of the universe itself. The most amazing thing for me was the ability to literally look into the past using the rocks, minerals, soils and structures around us. I’ve recently become very interested in planetary geology because it consistently has me asking bigger questions about our planet and others in the universe. I love thinking about processes on a larger scale.
I can safely say becoming a part of Geology has been the best decision I’ve made at Queen’s!
Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:
-Actively involved with Miller club organizing events and fundraising student geology trips
-Cinematographer for Queen`s Film Production Club and engaged with several Queen`s filmmakers
-Employed service staff member with AMS for WalkHome
-Varsity athlete for Queen`s Nordic Skiing
-Past cast member for Existere XIX
The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most:
Dr. McBride’s first year introductory geology course was what sealed the deal for me. It was a very good overview of everything this field has to offer and made me so excited about my education! Other courses that have been awesome have been Field Methods, Mineralogy, Petrology and Environmental Geology & Natural Hazards! I am really looking forward to field school in the spring.
After I graduate, I:
Hope to pursue a geology career that will allow me to tell the stories of our planet in a meaningful way, while doing research, travelling and making an impact. The DREAM job would be to work for an organization like National Geographic so I plan to do whatever I can to get there. Hopefully I will stay in Canada. I don’t foresee further education after Queen’s, rather just an effort to get myself out there!
One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
Travel and make really sweet geology documentaries. Also, travel.