Our vlog series, A Ram’s Life, welcomed a new teammate, Alex, last fall. From thrifting to hiking and even getting COVID-19, Alex has been sharing his experience at CSU as a second-year student for the past seven months.
Get to know Alex, a zoology major from West Chicago, Illinois ⬇️
Q: What is your major at CSU and why did you choose it?
A: I’m majoring in zoology and minoring in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. I thought that this area of study would maximize my potential for a career working with animals.
Q: Why did you choose to come to CSU?
A: The access to the outdoors and overall how environmentally friendly the university is drew me in. Their zoology program is well-known and respected at both the undergraduate and post graduate level, so I believe CSU is the place for me well after my first degree.
Q: What’s your favorite part about vlogging?
A: Being able to challenge myself creatively every week and get better at something I love doing.
Q: What are you most looking forward to during your experience as a CSU vlogging intern?
A: I would say to be able to look back on dozens of old videos of my college life when I’m older. Taking time to preserve the memories now will pay off in the long run.
Q: What is your favorite class so far this semester?
A: I’m really into either Biochemistry or Principles of Wildlife Management. Biochemistry is super interesting to see how the world works at a microscopic level and the wildlife management class is the first class I’ve taken that concerns people who actually work with wildlife conservation as a career and integrates that into the course.
Q: What is your goal for the future/ what do you hope to do with your degree?
A: I plan on going to graduate school and, if I’m lucky, getting a PhD, as well. I’m not sure whether I want to go into research more in the biological side or the conservation side, but that’s what I plan to figure out soon.
Q: What’s the last show/podcast you binge watched?
A: The last show I really binge watched was Vikings. There’s just so many episodes.
Q: What camera gear do you use and what do you edit with?
A: I use a Sony a6400 as my main body camera and use a multitude of lenses, but my favorite is probably the Helios 44-M. I also have a Feiyutech 3-axis gimbal I bought a few years back and a DJI Mavic Air 2 I use occasionally. I have always edited with my Mac and Final Cut Pro X since high school, but I’m thinking of learning Adobe because of how much more versatile it is.
Q: What’s your favorite social media platform you use personally and why?
A: I would say YouTube or Instagram. I like the social aspects and simplicity of Instagram, but I also like how creative people can get on YouTube and the overall sense of community there.
Q: What’s something interesting most people don’t know about you?
A: My twin brother and I both went as the Blue Man Group in the 4th grade talent show. Brought the house down.