Heaven’s Gate


Levy, who knew he wanted to be a meteorologist, describes his Oberlin experience as mixed. He had the “time of his life” during his years there, he says. Levy, 33, is now a contractor at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He credits Oberlin with giving him sound research skills and the ability to “string two sentences together,” a quality much in demand among scientists. But he also thinks his physics classes left him somewhat ill-prepared for his master’s studies at Colorado State University, where many students had a physics background more targeted toward meteorology. “Looking back,” he says, “I probably could have been happy at a big state school. I probably would have found my group.”