If you have visited Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Robert H. Treman State Park, or Buttermilk Falls State Park in the last few years, chances are you’ve already met Jane Suhey.
Jane loves geology, especially the natural history of the Finger Lakes, and spends her summers working as an Environmental Educator for New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation.
“I get to hike the gorges in the Finger Lakes region and guide the public and special groups along the gorge trails. I educate visitors about life in gorges, geological history, and state park history. It’s so much fun working outside,” she said.
Her time as an Environmental Educator led Jane to return to Corning Community College to pursue a second Associate’s degree. The 2016 Horseheads High School graduate earned an Associate’s degree with a focus on environmental communications from CCC in May 2017, and took additional science classes to pursue a major in geoscience.
After CCC, Jane would like to transfer to one of four colleges she’s applied to: Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Union College, or Binghamton University.
“After I receive my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to do research in historical geology,” Jane said. “It’d be wonderful to shadow a geophysicist and work with the United States Geological Survey. But, the opportunities are so vast that I’m just focused on learning as much as I can!”
On campus, Jane excelled as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was awarded the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa—All-New York Academic Award. Off campus, Jane either surrounded herself with nature, or donated her time to helping others.
“I’m a volunteer at Reins of Hope, which is a therapeutic horse-riding program located in Big Flats, N.Y. The program helps individuals overcome physical and emotional challenges. I rode horses in this program when I was little because of a speech delay, and I fell in love with the horses. In my freshman year of high school, I began volunteering at Reins of Hope to give back to the organization that helped me so much,” Jane said.
Jane also brings the natural history of the Finger Lakes into local schools via outreach programs, and is involved with the Horseheads-Nakagawa, Japan Sister City Exchange as a host student and traveler.
Looking back to her high school self, Jane would gladly choose CCC again to begin her college career.
“Attending CCC has provided me opportunities for unique learning, like doing field work at Spencer Crest Nature Center and working on a team to develop a marketing plan for a local organization,” she said. “My CCC instructors have inspired me to work hard and have prepared me for the next chapter of my education.”