Jonathan Lopez Arana has been named the winter 2018 Undergraduate of the Quarter and we couldn’t be happier for him. Jonathan was born and raised in Hillsboro Oregon, where he went to Hillsboro High School, and enjoyed the chemistry learned in his physics classes.

When Jonathan first applied to OSU he originally decided on engineering because of the quality the OSU College of Engineering. He switched to Chemistry after enjoying a class taken from Margie Haak. He has since served as a TA for Paula Weiss.

Post-graduation Jonathan plans to teach for multiple years, but eventually go back to school to get into educational administration and become a principal. Jonathan is planning on getting an ESOL endorsement so he can teach nonEnglish students, and plans to teach wherever he is most needed, but would prefer to stay in Oregon if possible. In his spare time Jonathan likes to play sports at Dixon and is part of an intermural sports flag football and basketball team. He also enjoys going to elementary schools and helping with the science and engineering nights that Margie Haak leads.

Jonathan’s favorite movie is Boys in the Hood, and his favorite food is a quesadilla because it’s quick and simple. He also loves his mother’s tamales.

Jonathan’s being the first person in his family to go to college, and planning to become a principal in order to help children, are examples of what makes our department so great. We wish him well in the future and in whatever path he chooses to follow.

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