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Louise McCallie

Year: 
2015
Hometown: 
Chattanooga, TN
Major/minor: 
Biology
Semesters in TRAC: 
6
Courses TRAC'ed: 
CEE 379, TRAC Technology Initiative, EES 334, BIOS 042, SSP 001

Interesting internships, activities, hobbies, or experiences:

At Lehigh, I'm a member and choreographer for the swing dance team and a member of anti-gender violence group Break the Silence. I also do research with convict cichlids (a freshwater fish) up at Iacocca. Hobby-wise, I love to sing and am a massive TV junkie. Other than that, I have my SCUBA certification as an open water diver, and I enjoy writing fiction whenever the inspiration hits me.

When it comes to interesting internships, last summer I worked with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute raising lake sturgeon, and this summer (2013) I'll be in Texas with a Lehigh professor studying the endangered Texas pupfish.

What does TRAC mean to you?

TRAC means many things to me, a few being the opportunity to help others improve their writing, building relationships between staff and students, as well as improving the effectiveness of assignments. Before I learned as much as I did through the TRAC program, I think my biggest issue with writing was my confidence in my style of writing as well as content. One of the most meaningful things to me is to be able to not only improve a student's single assignment but hopefully make a lasting impact on that student's confidence and expressiveness in their communication through writing.

Though I'm a science major, writing has always been a huge part of my life. The TRAC program allows me to further my love of the written word while giving me an avenue to share this enthusiasm with others. I love the idea of being able to incorporate writing into all areas of my life, whether I'm studying French or Forensics. This extensive cross-disciplinary collaboration is a fabulous opportunity for the growth and development of all students at Lehigh - myself included. I'm definitely looking forward to being a part of this revolutionary program.