According to David Crowell ’23, a person’s educational and career journey is always a discovery. Symbolic of this attitude, he is thriving at college, both personally and academically. Embracing his newly found independence, David considers his college experience as a trial run for the real world.
“When we become more independent, we begin to discover things about ourselves, which ultimately leads to our future,” he observes.
The Aston, Pa., resident knew he wanted to attend a Catholic college that was not too far from his home so he could commute. Immaculata University drew David’s attention because of the small class size, which allows him to interact with his professors more readily. Majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology, David touts the excellent science programs at Immaculata. He enjoys learning more about different avenues within each of his disciplines. Using the most advanced 3D anatomy visualization, he is excited to explore the new Anatomage table, where students perform dissections on virtual cadavers.
Taking a course on genetics with Dr. Kelly Orlando, associate professor of biology, David loved learning how humans work on a minute, cellular level. He nicely summarizes his experience in the class by stating, “Basically, every human is a miracle.”
Along with all his other professors, Dr. Orlando has been instrumental in David’s academic path. After exploring his interest in genetics, he enrolled in Orlando’s microbiology course for the fall semester. Dr. Orlando explains that she discussed developing a research project for David in the lab that he can continue beyond this semester and potentially expand into a senior research project.
“David is an excellent student, who has a genuine thirst for knowledge and interest in learning as much as he can,” states Orlando.
Wanting to pursue a career as a medical doctor, David feels his calling in life is to work in a hospital and save lives. He is dedicated to his education, but he is also making the best out of his college experience.
As an orientation leader last year, David strove to ensure that the new students felt welcomed. Currently, he is a member of the swim team and an admissions ambassador and serves as the Class of 2023’s commuter representative for the Student Government Association.
Enjoying his independence, David recognizes the pitfalls that can overwhelm many college students. As a student-leader, he would encourage freshmen to embrace college life. “Understand that certain things are going to be a challenge, but you are going to have a lot of fun along the way. However, you have to learn the balance between having fun and doing the things you know will allow you to succeed.”