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Class of 2020 Senior Farewells: Jenna Odel, Staff Writer


In my four years at the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate, I’ve done lots of different things. Mostly science-related, as I am a proud senior in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Some things were more rewarding than others; some were more fulfilling than others.  

One of those things, one of the non-science things, though, I consider one of the best things I did at UNH. That was join The New Hampshire. 

I joined just over a year ago, and even though it’s only been a year, I have learned and done so much I wouldn’t have done or experienced without TNH. I got to follow the administrator of NASA around, be up at 3 AM and start work at 9:30 PM for the cows and the observatory, respectively, and I got to write about science and academics, things I love. (I also got a LinkedIn, something not often used in academia.) I had been a writer since before I became a scientist, and simply, I got to write. I got to share my love of science with others. Through TNH, I learned just how much I love talking to people about science, and this impacted my career aspirations.  

Now, senior year draws towards its close, towards the end of my undergraduate career.  

Goodbye, TNH, but not farewell forever—I’ll come back to interrupt pitches with more information, or to promote the need for people to cover science and academics. Thank you, editors, who tolerated this. Thank you all for welcoming this person who had no journalism experience until she joined the newspaper and saw a whole new world open up. 

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