Avery Corondi ’15, first became interested in Delaware Valley College because she wanted a small school that would offer an education that felt personal.

“The professors here know you by name,” said Corondi, a biology major specializing in zoology. “It may not seem like much, but it makes an immense difference in the classroom.”

Talking to DelVal students and learning about the hands-on experience they were getting applying what they were learning in the classroom helped her decide DelVal was the right place for her.

She’s settled in and her favorite part of the campus is that she is surrounded by other highly motivated students who get involved, and care about the larger world.

“My favorite part of college is being involved on campus and seeing the difference that one student can make,” said Corondi. “Everyone is so motivated here and it’s really amazing what we’re all accomplishing.”

She is currently a chemistry tutor, a presidential fellow, and the president of DelVal’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society.

The Presidential Fellows Program is a highly selective leadership development program at the College.

“We serve as the face of the student body at events and it gives us great opportunities to network,” said Corondi. “The program also helps us shape our leadership skills. I love the program. I was honored to be inducted. It has really opened a lot of doors for me.”

When the fellows successfully complete the program they get a letter of recommendation from the president of the College.

Corondi’s dream job is to become a field biologist. She’s getting involved in as much research and hands-on learning as possible as an undergraduate to make sure she’s prepared for her future career.

After DelVal, she’s planning to attend grad school and research many different aspects of animal behavior.

Over the winter of 2011-2012, she traveled to the Bahamas to work at a dolphin facility. While there, she learned about training and cognitive-behavioral research.

During summer 2013, she worked as a camp counselor and an environmental educator at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, Pa. Along with teaching children all about the environment (and teaching them how to fish and canoe, which was the most fun), she was able to follow different naturalists and assist with their field research.

Corondi is most passionate about conserving the environment for future generations.

“By being an advocate for responsible conservation methods and conducting research, I hope to influence people to care about the world we live in and the animals that we are lucky enough to observe,” said Corondi.