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SPEA Profile -- Jon Micah Goeller

Jon Micah GoellerMajor: Environmental Management and Public Policy
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Classification: Junior
Scholarships: IU Prestige Scholarship

Activities and Organizations
Indiana University Club Hockey Captain & Vice President
Scholarship Advisory Committee
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Executive Council


Why do you belong at IU?

IU gives me a home away from home unlike anything I could have ever imagined. The heart of Hoosier nation presents me with countless opportunities to develop myself in and out of the classroom. The friends I have made and the experiences I have had will last a life time.

What do you like most about your major or scholarship program?

My environmental management and policy program takes a subject matter very broad and allows students to carve a bit of their own path with a focus ranging from ecosystem management, sustainable/ LEED certified development, and industry regulation and permitting. Each step of the way challenges you to think critically about real issues that face environmental professionals every day.

What is an interesting fact about you that most people would find surprising or unexpected?

I am a huge Seinfeld fan and relate it to almost every situation I run across. For many of my closest friends it has already become a major problem...

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

A walk through the Arboretum allows me to clear my head during the daily balancing act of life as college student.

What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

Bloomington has a unique blend of a typical college town feel that is combined with the beauty of southern Indiana to create a place that is truly magical. There is always something new to experience in Bloomington from Hoosier sports, outdoor adventures, and the cultural diversity of the area. The "Hoosier Bucket list" grows by second.

Tell us about your family.

My mother and late father were both born and raised in Pittsburgh so the Midwest was a foreign territory for them during my childhood. My mother is my rock, my inspiration, and my biggest advocate. I am also blessed to have a Border Collier/ German Shepard mix roaming our house that has an incessant need to herd our cat.

What is the best college experience you have had so far?

I definitely have to include some club sports glory days here. My freshman year I scored 2 goals against Purdue during their Big Man on Campus night with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. It was a packed house and I got to shush a crowd of over 600 rabid Boilermaker fans. We lost the game but that memory will stick with me for a long time.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I plan to finish my Masters in Environmental Management, Science, and Policy and explore my career opportunities. I am also considering attending law school to focus on environmental law.

What music are you currently listening to?

Tom Petty and Macklemore.

What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?

Come for a visit and ask questions! There is no such thing as a bad question when it comes to choosing a college. Every single IU student and faculty loves to talk about Indiana University and chances are they know someone in your major, in a club you want to join, or from the same area as you.

Tell us about your favorite class or teacher.

My time spent with Professor David Cox in environmental law and policy opened my eyes to my possible career path. His experience not only as an environmental lawyer but also a former mayor gave him unique insights to how environmental policies work on both the federal, state, and local levels. Being an IU graduate himself, his passion for IU basketball mirrored that of his students.

What fun extracurricular activities have you been involved with?

I have been involved with Greek Life in Kappa Sigma, Student Activism in INPIRG, Club Hockey, Intramurals, and the Scholarship Advisory Committee during my time at IU and each one has been a very positive experience.