Colby Oefinger in hallway at HCC

Colby Oefinger

Hometown:

Las Vegas, Nevada, but I live in Holyoke now.

Major:

Environmental Science

Favorite class/teacher:

Jamie Laurin, who I had for Environmental Science, and Environment and the Soil. He's not what you would picture a professor to be. He's like one of us, just grown up, and you can connect with him really well. He has a good sense of humor. He makes environmental science fun.

Meaningful encounter at HCC:

Joining the Student Senate, for sure. We attended a leadership conference to show us how to be better leaders and influence our school more. That was a big inspiration to me.    

Why does education matter to you?

Education is the future for anything. If you're not educated, that's probably going to lead to some bad outcomes. And if everybody is able to make an educated, valuable decision then their life and people's lives around them are going to be going in a good direction, and I think that's important. 

What is your favorite thing about HCC?

The community of HCC, the variety of cultures and people. If you talk to ten different people, you're going to hear ten different things, and I think that's awesome because not everybody's trying to follow one path here. People here are pretty accepting, no matter what you look like, no matter what your sexual orientation is or anything like that. You're not going to get bullied, you're not going to get made fun of because people are just here for school, to be educated and create relationships.

Where are you going from here?

I want to attend UMass, either Boston or Amhrest, and continue to study environmental science and get a bachelor's and hopefully a master's and eventually be an environmental engineer and help improve the environment.

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