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“I love oceans. If I’m not on campus, this is where I want to be.”

Name: Ashley Wachtell

Class of: 2017

Major: Earth Systems, Ocean track

# of quarters at Hopkins: 5, including 1 over the summer for research internships

Why she chose Hopkins: 

“Unlike programs in Hawaii or Australia that change projects and even locations every 2 weeks or so, Hopkins gave me 10 weeks to dig deep into the material and really develop close relationships with faculty.”

Favorite things about Hopkins: 

“Small class sizes mean you really get to know your professors…and they get to know you. Plus, all you have to do is walk outside to see what you’re studying.”

Most surprising thing about Hopkins: 

“The numerous opportunities to get involved in marine research as an undergraduate, both at Hopkins and in the greater Monterey area.”

In her free time: 

"I can be found training with the Stanford Triathlon team or underwater exploring Monterey's kelp forests."

Memorable moment

"Being 40 feet underwater in a "classroom" setting. Where else can you have an academic class taught underwater on SCUBA?"

Life after Hopkins: 

Grad school, focusing on the sustainability and conservation of our local fisheries