Student Profiles - Melody Aleman

Student Profiles - Melody Aleman

Melody Aleman

Class: 2018
Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Harrisburg, Pa., but my family is from Ecuador and Puerto Rico.

Tell us about your initial experiences at Millersville.
My freshman year of college has been great so far. My teachers that I have had the pleasure of being in their class were incredible! I’ve also been able to meet people that have similar interests as me.

Graduating Valedictorian of your class is quite an honor, how does that make you feel? Are you interested in joining Millersville’s Honor’s College?
Graduating as Valedictorian of a class of 279 was very rewarding because all my years of hard work paid off. I definitely made my family proud - which feels great. 

As Valedictorian did you have to prepare a speech for graduation, and if so what was the message of your speech to your fellow graduating class mates?
I prepared a short speech for graduation in which I congratulated the class of 2013 for making it to this point in their life.

What made you choose to come to Millersville University?
I chose to come to Millersville University for several reasons. The Marine Biology program is what first got me interested in Millersville. I was also impressed because Millersville is among the highest ranked public universities in Pennsylvania. Millersville is also not far from home, which is a great convenience.

What do you like about Millersville’s campus?
I really like the landscape of the campus. Being surrounded by nature makes me comfortable, unlike the crowded city atmosphere. I also really like that getting to class is not that far of a walk. I am not sure how I would have adjusted to a bigger campus. The small campus provides an atmosphere of being a community.

Are any of your friends attending Millersville?
A few of my friends will are attending and in addition to people I have known for years, I am glad to have met new friends through networking with people in class, the dorm and other activities.

What are you most concerned about at college?
I’m somewhat nervous about maintaining my schedule while at college. There are so many responsibilities to take care of and activities to be involved in. After finishing one semester so far, I am still learning how to balance a schedule, but so far so good.

Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities in high school?
I was involved in several extra-curricular activities in high school. Some clubs that I participated in were the Latino Heritage Club, Environmental Club, and the 4-H Paws and Claws Club. I also volunteered at the Highmark Caring Place and in my school’s library.

There are over 100 clubs and organizations at Millersville, and students are highly encouraged to get involved. Have you joined any?
So far, I am involved with the Latino Student Leadership Institute and attended a few meeting of the biology club. This spring break I traveled with the Ocean Science club to the Marine Science Consortium to do some volunteering, and I think I will be joining the Ocean Science Club because it was a great experience.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up, my career interests shifted from being a veterinarian, a pharmacist, and a marine biologist. My career interests were related to science most of the time.

What are some of your hobbies?
I really enjoy reading and baking in my spare time. Some outdoor activities I like to do would be canoeing, biking and swimming.

What are some things that you would like to accomplish by the time you graduate from college?
By the time I graduate, I would like to have completed an internship to provide me with work experience and employment opportunities.

You will be majoring in Marine Biology, what about marine biology interests you, has this always been the field you wanted to study in college?
I’ve been interested in Marine Biology for a few years now. I love learning about the natural world as well as protecting it. The fields I wanted to study in college varied between Pharmacy and Biology.

What is your ultimate career goal?
At the moment, my interests vary from working at an aquarium, to researching in a lab, and developing new medicine from the oceans.

Are you the first in your family to go to college?
Yes, I am the first in my family to go to college and I hope to make them proud. I also want to be a role model for my younger brother as he thinks about college and his future.

Who is one person you hope to make proud during your journey through college?
My mother is the main person I hope to make proud during my journey through college. She has sacrificed a lot for me, cares about my education, and will always be there to support me. I can never thank her enough.