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Savolia Spottswood

Savolia Spottswood

Wood Science and Technology
Class of 2019
Silver Spring, Maryland

What book would you recommend and why?

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki because it has great recommendations for personal finance and encourages strong cash flow habits which can be helpful to anyone!

What is your favorite quote?

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson

What do you love most about your major? And, how will it help you reach your career goals?

I love that there are so many applications of wood products and it's a material that is strong, flexible, and sustainable. I believe a bio-based economy is a part of the future and wood products is a part of that.

What are your hobbies?

Oh man this is a hard one! I love learning how to make things so that I don't have to buy products such as soap or oil in the store. Growing up I always used bar soap and baby oil, but now I make my own soap and mix my own oils! It's so fun and saves some money on expenses. I love visiting the WVU Craft Center to blow glass and practice on the clay wheel. I also enjoy swimming at the river, water sports, concerts and activities with friends.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Get involved! There are so many opportunities on campus that are unique to college life and usually not available after you graduate. From clubs to research to activities, all are important and contribute to a meaningful college experience. It's not just about building a strong resume to land a high-paying job, but allowing the investment you put into college to invest back into your life through character-building, experience and leadership.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Within the Wood Science and Technology program every professor is incredible - and each is willing to go the extra mile to ensure students succeed. But, my favorite professor is Dr. Ben Dawson-Andoh. I've been lucky enough to have multiple classes with Dr. Ben and, of course, every one of them has been different; however, he always connects the key takeaways from each class into the next class, saying it is more important we understand concepts than memorizing details. In Dr. Ben's classes, there is a different kind of pressure other than to get good grades. The pressure is focused on understanding, retaining, and challenging our own minds. I am so grateful for all of Dr. Ben's lectures of encouragement and inspiration to help me be the best me I can be.