Benjamin Smith





What was the first thing that came to your mind as I introduced myself?

I knew who you were, I figured it out. Camera, satchel, it’s pretty straightforward.

What do you want to do with your degree?

Go up to graduate school, and probably get a Ph.D. and go from there.

Where are you from?

Waterford, Maine.

Why are you here at USM?

Cheap and local.

What is your favorite thing about classes?

I like the class size, it’s small. The professors do a lot of one-on-one, and usually they’ve got a lot of expertise in their area and are willing to help out with office hours and stuff like that.

What is your worst thing about classes?

Core credits, the whole core-curriculum theme just totally sucks. It’s part of life ya know.

Do you have any roommates?

Yeah, one.

Do you like him?

Yeah, he’s awesome, nice and laid-back.

Are you a night owl or early bird?

Kinda neither, I sleep as often as I can whenever I can, I’m only awake when it’s necessary.

What you do for fun?

Play soccer, toss around a Frisbee, just something athletic to sort of tire myself out. So it’s not all just thinking all day long.

What’s the worst dating experience you’ve ever had?

I don’t think I’ve had any bad ones. I lived in a very laid-back town, no one tries to be offensive – they’re all good Samaritan types.

Are you in any clubs, sports, or activities at USM?

I’m in the Biology club.

If you could start a club at USM what would it be?

A Bee Gee’s fan club. Sounds good to me.

What would make this school even better?

Probably better lab equipment. We’re working with World War II era boxes where you’re lucky if you don’t get electrocuted when you turn them on. A little bit more modernized labs would be a nice improvement.

Any advice for USM students?

Probably what my organic chemistry teacher told me, which is “Learn what you love, and the job will come”.

What was the hardest thing about this interview?

Catching my breath after playing soccer. I don’t know, it wasn’t that hard, I already knew what the questions were going to be, sort of.


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