A favorite high school biology teacher spoke highly of her college experience at Wittenberg, and Kristen Ricchetti listened.
“The overnight experience was such an important factor. Everyone was nice and happy to be here,” Ricchetti said. “In the end it was the best school with a scholarship.”
Although Ricchetti has always been very organized, she said that prioritizing became more difficult as she worked to balance her social, private and academic realities.
“I have so many fields of interest,” she said. “My best friends are not in the (same) field and bring so much to my life. I realize how important friends, family and relationships are, and they take time to appreciate.”
Ricchetti has always had a strong appreciation for nature and found like-thinkers in the Wittenberg Conservation Club and through a biology course added a new pastime, ornithology. Now she looks forward to early morning bird-watching excursions.
A philosophy course Ricchetti took for general education uncovered a passion for women’s studies, which she added as a minor.
“I learned there’s a great difference in perspective, a way of thinking when you know you don’t understand the whole picture,” she explained.
Ricchetti plans to take a year or two after graduation to work as she decides if she wants to continue women’s studies with a focus on health, or public health with an emphasis on women’s health, before going to graduate school.