As we prepare for Hiram College’s Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2023, honoring the Class of 2023, we connected with several of our graduating seniors to share some memories and advice from their time on the Hill.
Neil Robertson walks the same campus that his parents and grandparents once did when they were students at Hiram. Neil is double majoring in biology and political science from the School of Science & Technology and the School of Arts, Humanities & Politics. He is part of the Sustainability Development Committee, working on establishing an on-campus thrift store and an arboretum, and has worked at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station since his sophomore year.
How did you first find Hiram College, and what made you interested in attending?
“My grandparents and parents were students at Hiram, so it was on my radar. But the thing that got me to really look at Hiram was the baseball team. When I toured the campus, and saw the Field Station, everything just clicked. I really saw myself being a part of this community.”
Do you recall a Hiram class or professor that had an impact on you as a student?
“There have been so many and I think the professors here are what set Hiram apart. I have had a lot of experiences and have been encouraged by many of my professors. Professor Debbie Kasper, Professor Sarah Mabey, my advisors like Professor Nick Hirsch and Professor Brattebo, they all have had a really good impact on my time here. They encouraged me and helped me be the best learner I can be and really make me feel that Hiram is a home.”
What did you learn about yourself during your time at Hiram?
“I had no goals at first. But what I have been grateful for by being here is I have learned to love learning. In high school, I took things day-by-day and wasn’t really interested in my classes. Once I got to Hiram and started talking to professors and getting involved and throwing myself into stuff, I found that this is what I want. I can’t stop learning and I want to continue learning for the rest of my life. That has been a huge transition point for me at Hiram.”
What are your plans after graduation?
“I am super lucky. I am going to be the caretaker at Northwoods Field Station this summer. I’ve spent some time at Northwoods and it’s a really fantastic spot. After that, I’ll be working with a tree care company called Bartlett Tree Experts. They have been super helpful with me and my career. I did an internship with them last year and I am excited to get some experience with arbor culture. Hopefully, I’ll continue doing the conservation side of tree work.”
By Elyse Pitkin