Jon Casto

February 2010

         Jon Casto
      Biology Major

How long have you been attending at Rio?
5 years

Over the years how many different courses in the School of Sciences have you taken? (estimate if you can’t remember exactly )
18

What one science course—not counting this semester—was the one that you have found the most fascinating/interesting so far at Rio…and why?
I really enjoyed the Ecology and Field Biology course.  I was interested in seeing how everything in the environment fits together and how one change within the environment affects other aspects.  I also enjoyed the labs for Ecology and Field Biology.  We collected data from areas around the school and then analyzed the data in lab.  By collecting and analyzing the data ourselves it helped to give us a better understanding of the time and effort it takes to put together a research paper and how and also how conclusion and/or estimates are made.

In your discipline (i.e., biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, math, etc.).  what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain?  (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet…)
Leonardo da Vinci (He is not only known for his artworks but also for his interest in anatomy, which I also share) or Galileo Galilei (I have always had an interest in astronomy since I was younger)

What is your favorite food?
Spaghetti and garlic bread

What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)?
Wedding Crashers, Old School, and the National Treasure Movies

What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity?
Anything Outdoors (Camping, Fishing, Exercising)

Describe the part of taking a course you like the most.  (for example:  sitting in on lecture, participating in a lab, the taking an exam, writing a term paper, etc.).   Why? I find the lab section of the courses most interesting because they allow you to see what you learn about in lecture and apply that information.  The labs also have some interesting experiments that help to reinforce the lecture material. 

If you could go anywhere in the U.S. for your first job as a professional, where would it be?
For my first job I would really like to stay around here in southern Ohio.

If you could give an incoming (i.e, freshman) science major one piece of advice of how to succeed (i.e., learn a bunch) during their undergraduate years at Rio, what would it be?
My advice for incoming freshman would be to attend class, being present for lecture is key for success.  Also students should take advantage of all the resources and study materials made available to them such as, practice tests, slides and chapter reviews. 

What is your favorite quote?
“I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end.”
-Abraham Lincoln