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Peer Academic Coaching for Geosciences

Support for Most GE classes 

Peer Academic Coaches are available to help you develop your content knowledge and study skills.  There is no need to sign up.  Simply click on the link below to join our session during the scheduled times.  We look forward to seeing you! 


Sun 7-9PM Mon 10AM-12PM Tues 7-9PM Wed 7-9PM Thurs 7-9PM
 Justine Ben  Maria   Paul Claire 
 Ben  Ian  Justine  Claire Maria 

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meet the pac team for GEOSCIENCES

Ben CrookeBen Crooke '21 - GE PAC Captain

Major: Biology

Minor: Hopefully Geology and Environmental Science

About me: One of my favorite book series (that I am still in the process of getting through) is called Outlander. It incorporates historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, and TIME TRAVEL! What more could you ask for????

Why PAC: I joined PAC, because it seemed like a really nice opportunity to refresh and maintain all of the geology concepts I have had the fortune of learning during my time at Skidmore College thus far. I also really enjoy teaching people concepts they have difficulty with, because not too long ago, I was in their same shoes going to PAC sessions for Geology where it really benefited my learning.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class has been my scriber seminar during my first semester, titled Human Dilemmas. It explores a variety of concepts and ideas relating to why college and learning are important to humanity in the world we live in. It really helped me in confirming that I wanted to pursue a career in science.

Academic advice: I could offer to other students, consistency is key. I always try and stay on top of my work and continuously update my schedule depending on what is coming my way. Motivation is also a big factor. I cherish the college I attend and the privilege I have at being at such a prestigious institution. Personally, there is no reason for me not to fully get the most out of my academic experience at Skidmore College.

Justine Bolling '22

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: EducationJustine

About me: I am a huge fan of every single animal on this planet, from my cat, Asia, to sea slugs. I am also absolutely in love with the ocean and want to study and protect it for my entire life. Unrelated to the Earth and her beautiful creatures, I enjoy making art, performing in any medium, reading books, being with friends, and sitting wherever it is the sunniest. 

Why PAC: I love teaching, and I really enjoyed the course content of GE 101. I want to help other people who are taking the class get to the point where they can enjoy it as much as I did, while also gaining important experience and skills in teaching.

Favorite class and why: I really loved Astronomy because it was something completely new that I had never learned about in-depth before. I felt like I was really absorbing all the new knowledge, and I loved applying it to real life every time I looked up at the night sky!

Academic advice: Don’t be too hard on yourself, doing your best is all you can do! Also, I am a lifelong believer in going to bed early when stressed and picking work back up in the morning. A good night’s sleep is just as important as studying!

Maria Hoffman '22 

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: ChineseMaria

About me: I am a junior from Glastonbury, Connecticut.  In my free time I enjoy biking, reading, gardening, and watching movies.  

Why PAC: I loved all the content I learned in GE 101 and jumped at the opportunity to further my knowledge through teaching.  I am excited to help anyone who needs support, and welcome those who want to have a heated debate on the best rock!!! 

Favorite class and why:  Tropical Ecology!  I got to learn a ton of interesting facts about the weird plants and animals of tropical ecosystems.  

Academic Advice:  Write detailed notes, try not to procrastinate, and take time to recharge.  

Claire Loos '22

About me: I am a junior from Concord, MA. majoring in geoscience and minoring in environmental studies. I enjoy playing lacrosse, reading, listening to movie soundtracks, and camping/hiking. Claire

Why PAC: Working with and meeting new people that share a passion for the natural sciences makes me even more excited about pursuing a geoscience career. I look forward to being a PAC to learn from my geo peers and to help anyone thinking about majoring or minoring in geoscience! 

Favorite class and why: Glacial geology has been my favorite class because although there is still much to learn about glaciers, they hold the key to understanding previous climates. It fascinates me that scientists can model past climates from ancient bodies of ice!   

Academic advice: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If there’s a concept that is confusing you in class, there's probably other students feeling the same way; your question might be helping other students too.

Paul Machabee '21

Major: Geoscience          Minor: Anthropology  Paul

About Me: Just an old geezer from up o'er the mountains.  I spent (most of) this past spring semester studying abroad in New Zealand, which was a really amazing experience.  When I'm not in PAC I am helping out around the geo department, playing minecraft, or maybe up a tree somewhere with my fiddle.  Flowers, blueberries, kitchen organization, long walks with my cat, and seeing you come to PAC are some of the little things in life that bring me joy.      

Why PAC: I started coming to PAC regularly last year because I had a lot of friends who were tutors.  It was such a great space to hang out and do work that I wanted to come back and help out wherever I am able.   

Favorite Class and Why: Even after all these years and so many amazing classes, one of my favorites is still my scribner seminar, "Are we in the Anthropocene?" with Kyle Nichols.  I feel that it really set the tone for the rest of my undergrad academic experience, and immediately increased my appreciation for interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration.  

Academic Advice:  Know that professors are human too and can sometimes be more forgiving than you might think, keep your feet cool when you're trying to focus, and come to PAC! 

Ian Maywar '21

Major: Biology and MathematicsIan

About me: Stranger Things season one over everything. Big Kaytranada fan. Love volleyball and basketball.

Why PAC: I want to help create a welcoming study environment where all students can excel at Math!

Favorite class and why: Linear Algebra with Professor Huibregtse. Love those matrices!

Academic advice: Keep busy with sports, extracurriculars, and hobbies. It motivates you to do your work!