Hey there, I’m Corbin Lanker and I’m a student starting his first year this fall at the Ohio State University. I am an Ohioan and I have been all my life, I was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. For a long time, I have felt a kind of connection with the outside world and all of the beauties of nature, and in many ways I have a keen fascination with the way the natural world works around us. Throughout my years as a student I have always been disheartened to hear news of the dangers we as human beings often pose to our world and when I was beginning my search for a college major and eventual professional career, I couldn’t get the nagging thought out of my head that I wanted to help provide prosperity for our natural world. But, I also had this fascination with engineering. I liked looking at systems, math came naturally to me and science peaked my interest, and so it seemed like engineering was the route for me. And for a long time I thought I was going to major in Mechanical Engineering, but I couldn’t get that nagging out of my mind. I was thinking of my high school Environmental Science course and my love for the ocean and I had some sense that Mechanical Engineering couldn’t lead me back to that field of working with the environment. This was all until I saw a little subtitle in a list of offerings at the Ohio State College of Engineering: Ecological Engineering. I saw that title and I furiously researched the field of Ecological Engineering, and the more I read about the field, the more it felt like home. I had finally found what I had been looking for. Now I can proudly say I intend to major in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a specialization in Ecological Engineering. I hope that I will be able to get a minor in the realm of Earth Sciences so that I may pursue my dream of getting involved in oceanography. After graduation from Ohio State, I intend to move forward with my education by obtaining a Master’s Degree. I hope that one day I will be able to pursue a career that intertwines my interests of engineering and oceanography and that my career will be able to give me the satisfaction of helping the natural world thrive in a world so consumed by industry.