In the Light: Seamus Crowley


Seamus Crowley

Tessa Ruff, Maroon-News Staff

Senior Seamus Crowley from Aspen, Colorado, came to Colgate knowing that he wanted to study geology. After he declared his geology major, Crowley also decided to declare a minor in Environmental Studies.

“My Nordic skiing coach also taught geology at my high school and he introduced me to a lot of exciting concepts within the field over the years. After a couple years at Colgate, however, I had had a lot of exposure to environmental issues and climate change … I knew that I wanted to study more environmentally related topics as well,” Crowley said.

In the spring of his junior year, Crowley went on Colgate’s study group to Cardiff, Wales, where he enjoyed the opportunity  to travel across Europe. 

On campus, Crowley is an intern in the Office of Sustainability, a tour guide and illustrator for the Office of Admission and a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. In addition to his involvement on campus, Crowley has run two marathons during his time at Colgate.

The summer after his sophomore year, Crowley worked at the geology off-campus field program in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for six weeks, after which he conducted geology research on campus with the late Bruce Selleck. Finally, this past summer, Crowley worked as a Trail Content Intern for a company in Boulder, Colorado that creates trail maps online for hiking, running, mountain biking and backcountry skiing.

After graduation, Crowley is interested in working in environmental policy and climate action planning, as well as possibly working for the outdoor recreation industry. In the long term, he is considering attending law school, in which case he would practice environmental law.

“I’ll definitely miss the people when I leave Colgate. I’ve made some great friendships during my time here and once everyone moves away to different parts of the country I’ll definitely miss them. Even more than that, I think I’ll miss the idea of being in college. It’s a really cool time where you get to spend everyday with a lot of really smart people learning about so many different new and exciting things. It’s something that most of us will probably never have again in our lives,” Crowley said.

Crowley encourages underclassman to explore new things on campus. 

“I think too many people don’t go to different events, talks or things like that because they’re not sure if they’d like it, but often they could find something new that they’re really interested in and passionate about,” Crowley said.      

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