During her junior year at Western Connecticut
University, Melissa Garafola took on
quite a workload, from microbiology and organic chemistry to
evolutionary biology and climate ecology — and managed to maintain a
Garafola knew well before she came to Western
that she wanted to become a biologist. The two experiences that
awakened her desire were feeding fish to otters and seals at a local
aquarium and working in the field at the
Center in South Salem, N.Y.
Her ecological dedication earned her last
year’s Danbury Garden Club Scholarship, which enabled her to cut
back her work hours and focus more on her educational goals.
resident graduated from Western in May with a bachelor’s degree in
biology with a concentration in ecology. After attending Western for
several semesters, Garafola decided she wanted the experience of a
larger school and left for the University of Delaware. It wasn’t long before she was
back at Western, because she said she “missed the individual
attention that the smaller WCSU classes offered.”
Garafola said her courses at Western have
prepared her well for life as a biologist. She is currently
considering an internship with the Candlewood Lake Authority before
heading off to graduate school.