‘Jet’ Lewis Builds Busy Life as ESF Sophomore
California resident says diverse ideologies made ESF stand out
Posted January 2017
Jet'aime "Jet" Lewis is not one to shy away from an opportunity for involvement.
She listed her current activities at ESF: chief communications officer in the Undergraduate Student Association, officer in the pre-vet club, resident adviser (RA) in Centennial Hall, researcher in Dr. Christopher Whipps' wildlife studies lab and assistant in the sustainability office.
"That's it for right now," Lewis said, unassumingly.
Lewis is a sophomore environmental biology major from Murrieta, California, about 80 miles southwest of Los Angeles. She discovered ESF when she received a publication from the school in the mail.
After looking at all of her options, Lewis chose to leave the West Coast behind and attend ESF because she liked the close-knit feel of the campus and there was room for her to grow within the field of biology. She wanted a school that would give her the opportunity to study more than just cats, dogs and hamsters.
Lewis also liked ESF because it was the least expensive school on her list. She was the recipient of an ESF Presidential Scholarship, which she said helped to relieve some of the financial burden of going to college. It also helps keep her motivated.
"It's made a difference in making sure that I try to be especially on top of my grades since there is a minimum GPA requirement to keep the award," Lewis said.
Upon her arrival on the East Coast, Lewis found that adjusting to life in Central New York took some time.
"I asked people how often they went to the beach, because I just didn't even think about the proximity of Syracuse to the rest of New York," she said. "People were like, 'What are you talking about?'"
While sitting in a General Biology II lecture her freshman year, Lewis learned her professor, Dr. Whipps, did research in a genetics lab. It sparked her interest so she approached him and was able to do an apprenticeship in his lab during the end of her freshman year and is doing research during her sophomore year.
She is working on a project that tracks how pathogens transfer from biofilms and micro-bacteria to organisms, and how fish are affected. She said the research is opening her eyes up to more possibilities. Lewis had planned on attending veterinarian school but, because of the research she is doing, she is leaning toward getting her Ph.D. instead.
Lewis decided to become an RA because she had a great relationship with her RA during her freshman year. Through the job, she wanted to help further her connections at ESF and grow as a person, she said.
She said RAs are often instrumental in building a welcoming atmosphere in the residence hall, but the job has its challenges.
"Being an RA is hard because your residents will just knock on your door and then you think, 'OK well I have to deal with this now,'" Lewis said.
She also works in the sustainability office, helping with various projects. In the past, she's worked on a non-smoking policy for ESF, recycling projects, bicycle safety and getting the campus-wide sustainability committee together.
Lewis balanced activities with academics in high school but said she found it to be more difficult with a college workload.
"Because I do so much, it forces me to block out what I'm going to do when and keep myself accountable for a lot of things," she said. "I make deadlines for everything."
Lewis hopes her activities will culminate in a career in wildlife rehabilitation, working with endangered species. She is interested in working for nonprofits such as the World Wildlife Fund or National Geographic, and focuses on networking with ESF professors to connect her with people who work in the field.
"The professors and the faculty that are here are some of the best resources that I have and I go to them more than my friends sometimes," she said. "They have so much knowledge - they're just a vault of information and possibility."
Lewis said the diversity in ideology that ESF offers also contributes to her success.
"I love that we all think the same, but we don't," she said. "We are all here because we're super passionate about the environment or environment-related things, but everybody here that I talk to brings a new perspective."
-By Taylor Watson, SU '19
ESF Students Make their Mark
- ESF, Ichor Therapeutics Team Up to Combat Age-related Illness ESF graduate students to assist with research
- Society of American Foresters Plays Key Role in Student’s ESF ExperienceRecent grad Alexa Denhoff encourages students to join professional society
- ESF Student Wins at COINS Grand ChallengeAward recognizes innovation in construction management
- ESF Students Return from Puerto Rico Students joined with SUNY, NYS, non-profits organizations to help rebuild Puerto Rico
- Mortarboards Fly and Students Become AlumniClass of 2018 celebrates achievements
- Chemistry Student Wins AwardJordan Pitt recognized by the American Chemical Society
- 14 ESF Students Set for Volunteer Work in Puerto RicoCollege joins SUNY, NY effort to support recovery efforts
- ESF Announces Commencement Weekend ActivitiesNumerous events celebrate students’ achievements
- Chemistry Graduate Student Wins AwardYuting Zhu honored by American Chemical Society
- Hello, Mr. President — About the Environment…ESF students pen Earth Day ‘elevator speeches’ for Donald Trump
- Two ESF Students Honored with Chancellor's AwardJet Lewis and Ben Taylor receive prestigious awards
- 3 ESF Students among Winners at SU RvD iPrize CompetitionFarm to Flame, Food for Community move on to state competition
- Smile! You’re On Canid CameraESF researcher seeks citizen scientists to help ID photos from trail cameras
- Acorns to Action Strives to Help Victims of Natural DisastersESF students focus on providing resources, knowledge to rebuild sustainably
- ESF Student Part of First-Place Team in Hult Prize CompetitionSayje Lasenberry is member of Farm to Flame Energy team
- Zachary Smith's Commencement SpeechEnvironmental studies major was chosen as student speaker
- Senior Accomplishes Goal: ‘Publish in a Journal’Environmental health major co-authors paper about discovery linked to fighting cancer
- ESF Students Participate in SEA Semester ProgramEFB majors set sail in the Atlantic Ocean
- Class of '17 Joins ESF Alumni RanksDegrees and ESF flags in hand, graduates celebrate accomplishments
- Chemistry Student Wins AwardGraduating senior Curtis Wilhelmsen recognized by environmental division of the American Chemical Society
- ESF Announces Commencement Weekend ActivitiesNumerous events celebrate students’ achievements
- ERE Major Builds Lengthy Resume at ESFTight-knit community, real-world experience made college stand out
- ESF Students Win StoryFest CompetitionTop prize is trip to Brazilian Rainforest for storytelling expedition
- Student from Nepal Finds Her Niche at ESFJyotika ‘Nicci’ Shah plans career in water quality
- ESF Education a Family Affair for Schiavone BrothersThree siblings share a major and a graduation date
- ESF Nordic Skier Competes in World University GamesConducts study on perfluorocarbons between races
- Academics, Athletics, Affordability Lure Soccer Captain to ESFHeather Carl makes her mark on campus
- Daily Adventures Mark Trip to South AmericaRosen Fellowship funds experience of a lifetime
- Student from Italy Finds Motivation at ESF"Here I am constantly pushed to do more"
- Walk on the Wild SideFellowship Funds Trip to South Africa
- USA President Focuses on Building RelationshipsBen Taylor leads 'growth year' for student government
- ESF Junior Honored as 'Unsung Hero'Shewa Shwani to receive award at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
- ‘Jet’ Lewis Builds Busy Life as ESF SophomoreCalifornia resident says diverse ideologies made ESF stand out
- Dedication to Environment Brings Student to ESF from Mexico'There is no other place like ESF,' freshman says
- Beer Eases Final Moments for Euthanized InvertebratesGraduate student seeks humane method for ending lives of research subjects
- ERE Major Tackles Wastewater Plan in IcelandFink Fellowship Supports Summer Abroad
- 44 ESF Students Spend Summer as DEC Interns‘Phenomenal’ range of work can help launch careers
- Paper Engineering Boosts Student through Semester AbroadGraduate-level classes and travel highlight trip to Germany
- ESF Alumnus Begins Peace Corps Service Caleb Rudge to spend two years in Paraguay
- Dream Becomes Reality for ESF SeniorRosen Fellowship supports summer internship in Stockholm
- Summer on the FarmFink Fellowship sends ESF junior to work on Thousand Islands farm
- SRC Fellowship Supports Student in Battle against Mosquitoes Chemical compound could help stop spread of disease
- ESF Landscape Architecture Students Receive ASLA HonorsHonor and merit certificates presented
- ESF Student Finalist for Olmsted Scholar AwardKathryn Chesebrough recognized for academic excellence
- ESF Graduate Joins Teach for America Peter LeDuc finds passion for teaching at ESF
- Advice for Graduates: Stay United, 'Enjoy Your Wisdom'Class of 2016 celebrates at Commencement
- Two ESF Students Earn SUNY Chancellor’s AwardFoley, Zubair honored for excellence
- Closed-Loop Art: Woodburner Uses Material at HandSenior donates artwork to Student Showcase Symposium
- Honors Student Works with 'Best Thing Ever': ElephantsTravel takes Yvonne Lim to Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
- ESF Ph.D. Student Selected as Junior Fellow in Korea
- The Cheer Fun of ItESF student leads SU cheer team
- Ph.D. Student Appointed to Federal Advisory PanelYang joins National Coal Council
- ‘Great Experience’ Takes Grad Student to BulgariaMLA student spends summer monitoring primitive horse population
- ESF Senior Wins Fulbright Research AwardGabriel Smith heads to Sweden to study fungi
- ESF Grad Student Awarded Rare Book School ScholarshipProgram delves into history of hand papermaking
- ESF Senior Honored at National STEM ConferenceCSTEP student Danielle Berry wins second place for poster
- Meghan JohnstoneTraveler in Australia, Nature Conservancy Intern
- Michael AmadoriAquaponics Research
- Ryan HenrySU's biggest sports fan.
- Lauren AlteioHarvard Forest Program
- Brookhaven National Laboratory InternsCourtney Buckley, Daniel Larkin, Michael Norman and Beverly Agtuca
- Brendan-Michael Galloway Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship
- Lynne BeattyMarine resources workshop participant
- Kristen AnthonyLandscape Architecture student, and SU competitive skier
- Craig LazzarEssay Contest nets ESF Senior $10,000
- Zachary KingBiotechnology Researcher
- Daniele BakerSUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence Recipient
- Greg BoydESF Senior, biodiesel expert
- Khristopher DodsonPublisher of Envi magazine
- Cara StaffordInvasive Plant Technician, Catalina Island
- Irony SadeBiotechnology Major
- April Karen BaptistePh.D. Candidate, Fulbright scholar, ESF
- Leah Dudziak & Lisa RuggeroTwo ESF Students on SU Dance Team