Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

UNDERGRADUATE SPOTLIGHT: OLIVIA PARK

Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Program: Geological Sciences

Current year: Fourth

Why I chose Geology:

I have always had a keen interest in the natural earth and the environment. Growing up with a geography teacher as my Dad, I learnt much of my passion for earth sciences from him. He was the one who first introduced me to plate tectonics and landforms, and I have continued to learn more about these topics. Taking GEOL 104 with Sandra McBride in my first year at Queen’s, offered me answers to many questions. Geology surrounds us and is full of stories; it explains many things we don’t understand.

Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:

  • Treasurer and Vice-President of Miller Club
  • Events Co-Chair of Conservation Queen’s
  • GEOL 104 Teaching Assistant
  • Geological Sciences Tour Guide
  • Elementary School Presenter for Conservation Queen’s
  • Geology Department dodgeball team member
  • Geology Department BEWICS intramural team member

The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most so far:

I have to credit Professor McBride with getting me excited to join the geology family here at Queen’s. Her introductory course made me passionate about the geology program and I have never looked back.

Professor Narbonne, who taught me in three separate courses, was always a wealth of information. His enthusiasm and never ending energy made me want to dig deeper and learn more.

Professor Remenda offered a different way of teaching geology. Urging her students to ask critical questions and offering real world situations in the classroom, she forced me to consider what I may face after my time at Queen’s. Furthermore, she is always willing to aid her students in anyway she can, in and outside of the classroom.

Most memorable Queen’s experience so far:

Definitely field school! I have never learnt so much in two weeks of school, but at the same time had so much fun. Eating questionable lunches, having daily grocery store trips and rushing back to the hot tub everyday are memories that I will never forget. Field school allowed me to form closer friendships with my classmates, my professors and my TAs that I had never had before.

After I graduate, I:

am going to take a one-year post-graduate Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College. The environment has always been a passion for me and I hope to supplement the tools from my geology degree with field identification and restoration processes skills. This summer, I will return to work with Savanta Inc., an environmental consulting company, for my second summer as their intern.

One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:

is to travel the world. My geology background will allow me to appreciate what I see in a deeper way. Particular places of interest are the ones my Mom lived in when she was a child. My grandfather was a diplomat, so they lived in a new country every few years. Visiting cities such as Vienna, Athens, Nairobi, Tel Aviv and Singapore would offer me different perspectives on the world both geologically and culturally.

 

Back to Spotlights