Senior Profile: Paul Van Nevel

Paul Van Nevel. (Emma Carter / McDaniel Free Press).

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Environmental studies major, business administration minor. Member of the Honors Program.

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

Lifeguard, swim lessons instructor, environmental studies department tutor, intern for McDaniel’s Department of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities intern at Knorr Brake Company.

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

Member of McDaniel’s swim team for four years (captain for one season), treasurer of Just Food club at McDaniel.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

Yes, I made a lot of lasting friendships on the swim team and in the environmental studies department. Spending time with friends and making memories, and not stressing about school work too much. I will always remember the good times on bus rides to and from swim meets, and the environmental studies camping trips to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

Dr. Jason Scullion, environmental studies department head, and Jeffrey Hiestand, head coach of the swim team.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

Nothing specific, but the time spent hanging out with my teammates between practices during Jan Term, when there was no homework to do or classes to attend, will always be remembered.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

Managing time as a student-athlete is never easy, but I was able to get through it with good time management practices and a lot of late nights. Understanding when it was possible to procrastinate and when something needed to get done.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be moving to Idaho for five months to work with the Student Conservation Association to help conserve our public lands, and eventually I hope to go to grad school.

What would you tell yourself as a first-year at McDaniel?

Get more involved in different groups on campus.