Thursday, November 1, 2018
First Gen Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Alison Pischedda
Name: Alison Pischedda
Job Title and Department: Assistant Professor in Biology
College/University attended: Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara; BS & MS: Queen's University (Canada)
Highest degree attained and Major(s): Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology
What campus resources or offices did you find most helpful as a student? My other first-gen peers! We navigated the confusion together, each of us bringing and sharing new information we obtained from different sources.
At Barnard though, I would recommend talking to your advisor (I did not have a personal advisor as an undergrad, but it would have been a huge help!)
What is something you believe that all first-generation students should know about college? It's ok if the path you end up following/your major is different than you expected it to be! I was pre-med when I started undergrad, but quickly fell in love with evolution, genetics and animal behavior. I followed that passion all the way here to Barnard!
What is a motivational/inspiring quote that is important to you?
"Whatever you choose, just find a profession that: a) you love, and b) you can make a living off of." -- My dad, an Italian immigrant who did not love his customer service job
What's your favorite thing about working at Barnard?
Working with such bright and motivated women!
Favorite food and/or place to eat around campus I don't live in the city, so I haven't explored the area much, but I eat everything and I'm always looking for recommendations
Favorite movie Currently Moana, because it's my 2-year-old's favorite (so I've seen it probably 20 times)
Three things on your bucket list: 1. Travel more places 2. Eat like a local while I'm there 3. Not get sick from 1&2
Unique fun fact about you I'm SCUBA certified (I learned to dive in chilly Lake Ontario!)