Senior Profile: Allison Parker

Photo courtesy of Allison Parker.

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What is your major and minor?

I’m an Environmental Biology major with a minor in French.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I was a model for the art department and an RA in Blanche for a year.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

I was in Alpha Phi Omega for a semester, and currently I’m in Ars Nova, Danger Sauce, and I’m the co-president of the French Club.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

Heck yeah! I met some of my best friends my sophomore year and we’ve hung out ever since! I also joined Danger Sauce my junior year, so I’ve had plenty of fun during practices and at shows!

Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?

Dr. Holly Martinson in the Biology department has been an amazing mentor! I took her ecology class last fall, and she helped send my lab group to a conference to present our research from class. She’s also my capstone advisor and has been such a big help with the whole capstone paper coming together.

What is your best memory at McDaniel? 

There are too many, but the first annual Belly Full of Laughs was amazing! I did a really good impression of Santa and Jason Swartz was Little Timmy who came to see Santa at the mall. It was hilarious. I think there is a video online somewhere…

What are your plans for after graduation?

I’d like to get a lab or field technician job somewhere, but in November I’m applying for a program to teach English in Japan for a year. Long term, though, I’d like to get my Ph.D in applied ecology and conservation.

What advice can you give to those not graduating?

Do as much as you can now while you’re on this campus so you don’t have any regrets after you graduate! This is the best time of your life to meet people around your age and make relationships that last a lifetime.