by Hannah Mwaura
Although still early in his college career, Fletcher Cook, a sophomore in the Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHSS) program, is excited about the range of possibilities his major offers. Fletcher followed in his father’s footsteps, both in attending the University of Findlay and with his chosen field of study. While his expected graduation date is over 20 years after his father’s, their experiences at UF share common threads of opportunity, support, and feelings of home.
“What I think is so great about the major is the endless amount of opportunity,” Fletcher said. “With the major being so broad, there are a variety of different routes you can choose for a career path.”
While his current preference leans to the environmental side of the major, Fletcher looks forward to exploring these different routes by participating in internships and experiential learning in his classes. Whatever path he decides to take, Fletcher looks forward to making a positive impact on the world, whether it be keeping people safe or protecting the environment.
“I was very excited to see Fletch join such a meaningful profession that can help protect the environment, other humans, and to help sustain the future for many generations to come,” Fletcher’s father, Al Cook, said.
FOLLOWING FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Fletcher credits both his father and his campus visit for the reason he chose to major in EHSS at UF. “When I made my first campus visit, I really felt at home and the professors and students on campus are the ones to give credit for that,” he said.
His father shared similar feelings about his own experiences. “I consider the faculty, staff, campus, and family environment to be second to none,” he said. “It’s such a safe setting filled with staff that care about each and every student. This was an experience I lived back in the 90s and it was apparent that the same atmosphere existed when we visited campus as Fletch entertained going to UF.”
Fletcher’s typical day at UF is college personified. He showers and eats breakfast prior to attending classes, normally meets up with friends and grabs some lunch at “Hendo” (Henderson Dining Hall), then goes back to his dorm to relax. In between, he often either takes a nap or gets some studying and homework done. Then it’s back to “Hendo” for dinner with friends. “Nothing crazy,” he said.
MAKE CONNECTIONS AND USE THEM
Fletcher’s advice for new or incoming students is simple: make connections and use them. Whether it be asking a professor with help on an assignment, taking advice from upperclassmen, or simply connecting with your fellow dorm mates, Fletcher said networking is key to a positive college experience.