Maison DeJesus '22, Climate Change Science

Real-World Opportunities for Career Preparation From the Start 

Two months into his first year at NVU, Maison DeJesus ’22 was attending a professional conference at Stowe resort, talking with meteorologists. As a climate change science major, the valuable networking opportunities he had at the American Meteorological Society conference potentially opened doors to internships for him. 

He learned about new technologies and new jobs in the field and talked with the state climatologist of his home state of New Jersey. “It prepared me for what the future’s going to look like,” Maison says. “It was awesome.”

Nationally Recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program

Maison, from Howell, New Jersey, chose NVU-Lyndon because of the strength of its nationally known atmospheric sciences department. He was impressed with the weather center, observation deck, and computer rooms used by students in the department.

When he visited the campus as a high school student, “The facilities, study options, teachers, and staff in general were very impressive. All the opportunities and the job placement rate of students getting work out of college looked good at NVU,” Maison says.

Faculty is Committed to Student Success

One of the best parts of Maison’s experience at NVU is the personal connections he has with faculty and other students.

“Here you know everyone in your classes, and you know all your professors just like they’re friends of yours. It’s pretty incredible,” he says.  

The faculty support and small classes help students excel. “There’s a lot of one-on-one with professors,” he says. “If you don’t understand something, you can meet with them, and they’ll explain it. The amount of help they offer is great.”

Building Skills Through Involvement in Student Groups

Maison shares his passion for meteorology and climate change science outside the classroom, too. He’s involved with NVU’s student chapter of the American Meteorological Society, which hosts the annual Northeastern Storm Conference, the largest such student-run event in the country.

He also is a member of the campus Climate Consensus group, which educates kids and others in the general public about climate change science. “Through Climate Consensus, I’ve learned how to talk to different ages and relay the message of the seriousness of climate change. People ask really great questions,” says Maison, who spoke at a climate change rally at Vermont’s Statehouse in Montpelier.

The opportunities for public interaction through NVU tie in with Maison’s career plan to work for a climate advocacy group such as 350Vermont, which educates about local issues. “I want to be the communicator between the science and the people,” he says. 

A Campus that Feels Like Home

As he prepares for his career, Maison knows NVU-Lyndon is the best fit for him, academically and socially.

“It’s definitely a close-knit college community. I’m happy that I have my group of friends,” he says. “I’m very happy with my decision to come to NVU.”