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We’d like to introduce Cristen Mathews, MCM’18, “My name is Cristen Mathews and I’m originally from Memphis, TN. I came to Boston to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology at Tufts University and I graduated in 2015. After taking certain courses for my undergraduate degree (such as Animal Behavior and Marine Biology), I decided to pursue a career in wildlife research, conservation, and rehabilitation via internships and graduate studies.

Soon after graduation I worked as an extern at Cape Wildlife Center for a few months. The following winter I worked as a wildlife care intern at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm animal sanctuary. After that internship I worked as a veterinary assistant at the Mass Vet Referral Animal Hospital for 6 months and then worked as an assistant manager for Running the Pack, a dog walking/training agency. I worked there until it was time to begin my academic pursuits with the Cummings School at Tufts University MCM program!

I was inspired to apply for this program by a fellow intern at CWC who graduated in 2017. After looking into the program and comparing it to others, I found the MCM program closely matched my aspirations and career goals, providing a diversity of resources for applied research and analysis. After completing the MCM graduate program, I aspire to work in wildlife conservation and research on a state or federal level, potentially as a wildlife biologist.

In my spare time, I love to travel, read, watch independent/foreign films, workout, attend cultural festivals and music concerts, go to art museums, and explore restaurants around Boston. Unfortunately I do not have any pets but I aspire to get pets once I feel my lifestyle is able to provide the required time and commitment—eventually I would love to have a cat, two dogs, and a snake! “