Above, Adam Galambos ’18 kayaks on Nine Mile Pond in Everglades National Park in January, as part of a class trip to South Florida to study its ecosystem.
Degree is ‘Top Priority’ for Local Man
After working for a number of years in human services and emergency medicine, Adam Galambos ’18 of North Adams decided to make a career change and earn his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies.
“When I went out for walks and hikes I wanted to know about everything that I saw – air, water, soil, plants and animals,” he explained. “What fun is being outside without being able to have some interpretive knowledge about our land? This is what drives me to continue to learn: an undying thirst for knowing more about our natural world.”
Galambos, who began his college education at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in Pittsfield, chose MCLA because of its reputation: our campus was highly recommended to him by graduates of the College and BCC professors alike.
His experience at MCLA, Galambos said, “has been wonderful,” and has included a trip earlier this year to study South Florida’s ecosystems, and presenting his work at MCLA’s Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
These experiences, he said, helped him to build vital connections with people and places. “Being an older student returning to college after some time in the workforce, these connections are very valuable to me.”
Most recently, Galambos began an independent research internship with his advisor.
“This project will focus on the scope and variety of environmental GIS (Geographic Information System) data sets throughout Berkshire County, and allow me to look for ways to synthesize these endeavors,” he explained. “My initial research will focus on the Hoosic Watershed, and possibly other areas. This great opportunity will allow me to explore and discover potential research topics and areas of study for graduate school after MCLA.
At age 34, “Earning a degree is a top priority for me.” According to Galambos, his academic experiences have been challenging, stimulating and informative.
“The environmental studies program is a good mix of social and natural sciences and I have really enjoyed learning about biology, chemistry, environmental law and politics, as well as the sociological aspects of environmental issues.”
Galambos said the best part of MCLA so far is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) student body. “It’s a real pleasure to learn with motivated, talented and fun people.”
He recommends MCLA and the environmental studies program to others: “The Berkshires is our lab and, coupled with a brand new science building, the educational and experiential learning that takes place is really pertinent to a multidisciplinary education.”