One student explains why he enrolled in not one, not two, but three of Jenkins' courses
Why do students engage particularly well with particular students? Billy Kaselow, a Wildlife Conservation major, had a few thoughts when it came to McKay Jenkins:
By Billy Kaselow
By the end of this semester I will
have taken three classes with Dr. Jenkins. I originally decided to enroll in
his class because both his passion for the environment and his Susquehanna
River field trips had spread like legend among Wildlife Conservation majors.
Throughout his courses, I have become a more confident writer, and I have formed a
better idea of how to incorporate activism and outreach into my career as a
biologist. However, what I appreciate most is Dr. Jenkins' willingness to continue
discussions outside of class and to admit (often to my dismay) that he doesn't
have all the answers.
I am fortunate to have consecutive classes with Dr. Jenkins
this semester. The time between classes is often filled by discussion of our
shared struggle as science writers and advocates, the frustrating case of
humankind, and inevitably some good ranting.
I would recommend anyone take a
course with Dr. Jenkins because his teaching style seems to be to exhibit his
passion and thought process while giving students the necessary tools for a
solid piece of journalism. This style gives the student a lot of freedom to
seek out issues they are passionate about and "raise the veil" for
Most important, I think, is that Dr. Jenkins' questions for society are mainly built on compassion. He will look at
a group of students and ask questions of environmental justice, consumer
culture, extinction, and industrial malpractice; these are questions designed
to encourage reflection in students and an acknowledgement that they play a
In my experience from close friends to the most random encounter, most of
us are satisfied to let the "veil" hang thick in front of our eyes.
People do not like to ask uncomfortable questions especially when the answer
may implicate them. This is where Dr. Jenkins' light-hearted tone comes in: Discomfort is better met with a chuckle.