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Trevor McDewell
Trevor McDewell '15
Forensic Science/Biology
Goshen, NY
I had the chance to study abroad in Italy at the University of Verona in their medical center. We worked with their Ph.D students while studying toxicology and pathology. It was an amazing experience because I was able to see the difference between the American legal system and the Italian legal system, while experiencing a new culture. I was able to gain an understanding of the different perspectives on the forensics field.

Why did you choose UNH? 

When I came to campus for an information session and tour, I really liked how everything looked. It’s a smaller campus, so I knew I could conveniently walk everywhere I needed to go, and I didn’t need a car to function. Aside from the size, the entire campus and Forensic Science program was incredibly appealing. 

What was the hardest part about making the transition from high school to UNH?

The hardest part about transitioning for me was that I never really had to study in high school. But after my first exam at UNH, I realized I should give much more attention to studying. Spending time in the library, using the Center for Learning Resources, and having a strict study schedule became imperative to my academic success. 

What do you like most about UNH? Or in your opinion, what is the greatest feature of UNH? 

What I love about UNH is again the size. As a smaller campus, I got to know a lot more faces on campus than I could have ever imagined as a new student. We also have over 150 Recognized Student Organizations, so there is always something for everyone to do. If there isn’t a club or organization of interest that doesn’t exist on campus, the process is fairly simple and the Office of Student Activities is very helpful with that procedure. The extracurricular opportunities for the students of UNH are a huge factor in the hands-on experiences we can have, and easily one of the best features of the University.

What extracurricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?

I am the Technology Committee Head for the Student Committee of Programming Events (SCOPE), a Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the Class of 2015 Treasurer, and an active brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. 

What are your plans for the future?

I would enjoy working as a Lab Technician in the Forensics Field, and I hope to thoroughly love wherever my career takes me. However, after being so involved on campus, I have considered attending graduate school for higher education with the possibility of pursuing a career in Student Activities. 

What is your favorite UNH tradition? 

My favorite UNH tradition is definitely Spring Weekend. It is a mix of three very large events. For the Spring Concert, SCOPE brings in some large-named artists. In the past, we’ve had Krewella, Meek Mill, Ludacris, and Hot Chelle Rae. During the weekend there is also a comedian who performs, and we actually had Loni Love last year. And then the Saturday of every Spring Weekend is the Spring Carnival. There’s a bunch of food trucks and carnival rides; it’s just a great way for everyone on campus to come together and have fun. 

Do you have any advice for students and their families interested in UNH?

My biggest advice is to get involved. I had some friends during my first year who transferred out of the University because they weren’t involved and just sat in their room and went to class. Being involved will increase your friendships on campus, encourage academic excellence, and build leadership skills. Get involved!