By Amelia Kibbe '17
March 17, 2016
Although junior Allison Field acknowledged that amid studying chemistry, running Division I cross country and participating in several other university clubs she’s usually pretty busy, she said she wouldn’t spend her time at St. Bonaventure any other way.
“St. Bonaventure is the perfect size school for becoming involved in all sorts of different clubs and activities,” said Field, who divides her time among clubs such as the American Medical Student Association, College Republicans, Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Bona Athletes for Christ. “To me, it’s one of the best parts about the university.”
Field said it’s that exact attraction that motivated her to initially visit the school, despite a three-hour drive across the state.
“St. Bonaventure was a university I hadn’t even heard of until my senior year in high school,” said the LaFayette, New York, native. “However, the more I learned about it, the more interesting it seemed.”
She decided to visit campus, and it was on that first tour that visit she fell in love with Bonaventure, she said, adding the idea of a campus tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains was beautiful.
Field, a member of the university’s honors program, said while she has always loved science, it was entering St. Bonaventure’s chemistry program that allowed her to continue on a path she loves.
“Chemisty is the major I started with and will finish with,” said Field, who devotes time to being a lab assistant at St. Bonaventure and a chemistry tutor at nearby Southern Tier Catholic High School. “I have always loved science, especially chemistry, and will be happy to graduate from St. Bonaventure this year with a B.S. in chemistry. My advisor and the whole chemistry department are very supportive, so it’s easy for me to continue doing things I like.”
Her advisor, Dr. David Hilmey, said while he’s impressed with the success Field has in the classroom, he is prouder of the person she is becoming.
“Allison is an example of the best kind of student,” Hilmey said. “She has used her skills and talents to not only succeed in the classroom, but in athletics and other areas as well. She shares her talents with her fellow students and the broader community, including tutoring high school students in chemistry. It's great to have top-notch academic students at Bona’s, but having great people is far more important. Allison is both.”
When she’s not helping other students or experimenting in the lab, Field spends much of her time on training runs with the first friends she met on campus, the cross country team.
“Being a Division I athlete at St. Bonaventure is awesome,” she said. “Athletics are a huge commitment, but completely doable and worth it. We have academic advisors who help balance school work with practices and competitions. Being on a team bonds you with a group of people who go through a lot of the same things you do.”
While Field said she highly praises the Bonnies she works with every day, she added it’s important for her to remember former Bonnies who, through donations to the university, have made her college adventure financially possible.
“With many scholarships donated solely from alumni, it really shows how much the alumni loved and still love St. Bonaventure,” she said. “It’s so generous of them to help students like me be able to fall in love with Bonas and have the great experiences that they’ve had.”
Once she becomes a Bona graduate herself, Field said she plans to attend a pharmacy school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, helping others just as she was taught while at St. Bonaventure.
Certainly a seasoned Bonnie, Field said many of her favorite memories didn’t take place in the lab or on the cross country trail, but rather while watching Bonaventure basketball games with friends she considers family after three years.
“One of my coolest memories was storming the court after an upset over ranked teams, UMASS my freshman year and then VCU last year,” she said. “There are just some experiences here that can’t be described or replicated until you get to experience them for yourself.”
And she still has a few more semesters to have more adventures.
“I still absolutely love St. Bonaventure,” she said. “I can truthfully say that I wouldn’t be able to picture myself at any school. Choosing to attend St. Bonaventure has been the best decision I have made in my life so far.”
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