• From Redding, Calif.
  • An environmental advocate.
  • Studying animal behavior.

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Erynn Rebol

A runner explores her interests in biology and art.

"Willamette gave me the opportunity to explore my three biggest passions — I’ve studied both biology and art while running competitively in a program that has a long, impressive history of winning. I don't think I would have had the opportunity to pursue all three if I had gone to another school.

"Ever since I was little, I've been fascinated by animals. I eventually decided I wanted to be a behavioral ecologist, which studies how animals interact and their behavior. I also want to use my love of art as a medium through which to speak to people about environmental issues.

"I like running because it's something I can do to relax, but it's also something physical where I can push myself. I think competing at a Division III school is perfect because you can focus equally on sports and academics."

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