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Hello! My name is Gretchen Schowalter, and I am currently a junior, Physics major at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I grew up in Minnesota, but while in middle school moved to Washington state. My family and I now reside in Tacoma.
When I was seven, my father bought me "The Way Things Work" board game by David Macaulay for my birthday. To me, there was no better way to spend time than conducting physics experiments with the two Woolly Mammoth meeples from the game. As my Dad accurately predicted with his purchase of "The Way Things Work," my scientific interests veered toward things of the physics persuasion as time progressed.
My first introduction to SPS was through the 2019 PhysCon in Rhode Island. The connections I made with fellow physics students and the new topics I learned while at the Congress rendered the experience unforgettable. So unforgettable, in fact, that the past two years, while serving as Physics Club President on my campus, I have continued developing my connections with several students from around the country. I've also continued networking with my fellow classmates from Zone 17 by attending the virtual Pumpkin Drop and Zone 17 meeting in the Fall of 2020.
The opportunity to serve an organization that strives to enhance the student experience and make physics more accessible is something I feel compelled to be apart of. I want to be the person sparking excitement and encouraging students to pursue careers in this field, just as my Dad did for me with my birthday board game.