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Campus Celebrity: Alyssa Nienstedt ’14

 

Major, Minor: Forensic Science, Computer Graphics

Class Standing: Junior

Why did you choose Hofstra? 

I originally chose Hofstra because it was own of the few colleges in my vicinity that offered Forensics as a major and yet still allowed me to minor in computer graphics, a subject I had always thought I would major in. That plan fell short though, when during my final year of high school, I took a Forensic course alongside Anatomy and Physiology and began to see hopes in field of Pathology.

What are you involved with on campus?

I’m an active member of the CSI club and the president of Paw Pals.

What made you want to be apart of Paw Pals? What is the importance behind this club?

I wanted to become apart of Paw Pals because of the fact that along with owning two cats, I love animals and support the club’s purpose. The club exists to help and care for the animals of local animal shelters to provide them with love and attention from people that may not be directly affiliated with the shelter(s).

What has Paw Pals done in the past? 

In the past, Paw Pals has volunteered at Freeport and Glen Cove Animal Shelter. We’ve done fundraisers and bake sales for Freeport. 

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the upcoming semesters though, we plan to expand and get a behind the scenes tour of the Bronx Zoo and Wolf Conservation Center in order to learn more about other species of animals and the wildlife that surrounds them. 

Since you’ve first joined, how has Paw Pals grown or changed?

The club’s progress is an ongoing process that I have seen grow immensely since I joined in the spring of my freshman year. From having only a few dedicated members volunteer to go to the shelters every other week to a large g-board who shares that enthusiasm, the club’s outlook seems bright.

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the upcoming semesters though, we plan to expand and get a behind the scenes tour of the Bronx Zoo and Wolf Conservation Center in order to learn more about other species of animals and the wildlife that surrounds them. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and high school students? 

My advice to them would be to take part in the classes/clubs you love now because you never know when you’ll be given another chance. That’s what I did and I love the clubs I’m apart of today.

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