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Asia Morales


Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Anthropology & Sociology
Environmental Studies
Study Abroad:
Caceres, Spain
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Biology is an open, fun, and encouraging community! Science rules!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I always had an interest in biology so I thought I’d try my luck at biology in college! I keep coming back because I really enjoy learning new material and feel at home in the department among friends and professors who want to see me succeed.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
My biggest piece of advice to first year and sophomore biology majors would be to reach out to your professors. They are quite possibly your best resource and are always willing to sit and talk with students!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
In being a part of the biology department, I have discovered a passion for sustainability and conservation.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I have learned at K is to keep an open mind when it comes to change — a change in major, a change in career choice, or just a life change in general. We can spend our whole lives planning every detail, but sometimes just letting things happen ends up being the best plan.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class so far was my sophomore seminar: Space, Place, and Landscape. It opened my eyes to an entirely different way of looking at our world and was the first time I thought about the bridge between life sciences and social sciences.

What is your SIP?
My SIP will investigate the effects of road proximity on scarlet gilia in the Rocky Mountains. I will also be characterizing the road environment as another element to my study.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to attend graduate school for ecology and hopefully become a biology professor.

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