Forman Scholar Bryce Smick Looks Forward to Strengthening Passion for the Environment in College

For high school seniors preparing to embark upon their college journeys, choosing a major or course of study to focus on for their next four years is no easy task. However, Forman Scholar Bryce Smick found the decision a relatively easy one to make. With a passion for learning more about the environment, Bryce decided to study environmental science when he starts his freshman year at Rowan University this fall.

Back in the summer of 2019, Bryce traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a world conference and opportunity through Salem High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. During a week-long gathering of high school students centered on climate change education, he says this ignited a desire to learn more about the natural world. Choosing to learn more about the field in college seemed like a no-brainer.

“My time in Scotland opened my eyes to the realities of global warming and the harmful effect it continually has on our planet,” Bryce said. “After college, I’d like to build a career that allows me the opportunity to combat global warming and conserve the precious resources of our planet.”

Bryce is eager to make the transition to Rowan, where he is most excited about living on his own and experiencing all that campus life has to offer. He looks forward to connecting with his classmates and forming new relationships in this next phase of his life.

“At Rowan, I’ll have the chance to learn and live with people from across the country and around the world. I hope to make new friends and form lifelong bonds as I take advantage of all that college has to offer,” Bryce said.

Bryce’s time at Salem High School taught him the benefits of staying active and involved both inside and outside the classroom. Between singing in the advanced choir, competing on the cross country and spring track teams, and running backstage as a member of the stage crew, Bryce kept a busy schedule.

As important as it is to get involved, Bryce cautions students to not let their extracurriculars get in the way of their schoolwork. Rather, he says maintaining a balanced schedule and staying on top of assignments is the key to success.

“Students should always be willing to give their all and put effort into everything they do,” Bryce said. “Life will pose its challenges, but, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

Bryce has been active with the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation since his junior year, and he appreciates the Foundation for encouraging him to apply to a variety of colleges and universities to discover the best path forward in his pursuit of a higher education.

“The Foundation staff are invested in my success and are willing to help me as I work toward achieving my educational and professional goals. I am confident that this invaluable support system will continue as I begin the next chapter of my life in college,” Bryce said.

In his free time, Bryce enjoys staying active and exploring new places.


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