Zach Beckwith '19

An Introvert No More
UNH Veterinary Technology student Zach Beckwith

Zach Beckwith' 19 is a different person than he was when he arrived on campus. The once-reserved Veterinary Technology major from Nashua, NH is active in numerous campus clubs, including the Pre-Vet Club and the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and works at the on-campus New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  He plans to enroll in the Biomedical Sciences: Medical and Veterinary Science bacheler's degree program following graduation and hopes to become a veterinary pathologist.

COLSA: Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why?

Zach Beckwith: I am most proud of my ability to come out of my shell in my time I've been at UNH. When I started my freshman year, I was very quiet and reserved. However, through my time in the Veterinary Technology Program and being a student on campus, I really became able to enjoy myself and engage in my surroundings. Since starting at UNH, I have joined clubs related to my field like Pre-Vet Club and Veterinary Technician Club, but have also become an active member the Outing Club where I have done overnight white water rafting and zip lining trips. I have also joined the Student Environmental Action Coalition, where I help coordinate protests and table for the Fight The Pipe committee. I even applied to be an RA. These are activities I never would have taken part in had I not immersed myself in the UNH environment, and I feel much happier having a bigger part of being on campus because of my involvement.

COLSA: What motivates you?

Beckwith: I am motivated by my strong work ethic and need to always do more. I am happiest when I am busy.

COLSA: Why did you choose your major?

Beckwith: My high school, Alvirne, had a very successful Veterinary Science Program, where I was able to practice the medical aspect of the animal field more, and I was seeking something just like it. I chose this major largely because of my desire to be involved in improving and bettering the lives of animals and the program's strong emphasis on unique ways of learning. Thanks to the required internships, I've already made lot of professional connections.

COLSA: Any advice for students interested in your major?

Beckwith: This major is only as difficult as you make it - study hard and get to know your professors. All the professors in the program are amazing and incredibly helpful if you reach out to them. If you can do this, you'll be successful. Don't only focus only on classwork either - it's important, but it's also important to get involved on campus as well. There are plenty of amazing clubs to join and you'll surely find something you like.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Beckwith: After I finish the Veterinary Technology program, I plan on transferring and getting my bachelor's degree in the Biomedical Science. I currently work at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab on campus and am leaning towards becoming a veterinary pathologist because of my experience at the lab and the laboratory work I have done in my classes.

COLSA: How is UNH preparing you to achieve your goals?

Beckwith: UNH is constantly giving me new avenues to go through when achieving my goals. I was able to get an internship at a nearby emergency veterinary hopsital thanks to a recommendation by one of my professors. I was also able to get my current job at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab thanks to my experience in the classes in the Veterinary Technology Program. In my clubs, there are constant employers such as the people from the Center for Wildlife for people to interact with and make connections with. I'm also constantly having my skills tested and improved in my classes and through our internships.

COLSA: Finally, what do you love most about UNH?

Beckwith: I love the variety of things to do on campus and the people I have met. I have joined clubs I have never thought I would join such as the Students of Social Work just to tackle some of my more niche interests. I also love being able to walk around the campus and especially in college woods.

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