About me

(Photo courtesy of Hali Motley)

For the longest time, I thought I wanted to be a scientist. After years of lab work and a handful of rejection letters from top-tier graduate schools, I realized it wasn’t for me.

While I love science (who doesn’t, though?), my true passion is learning. Through my writing, I have the opportunity to speak with incredibly intelligent people about their work. My job is to make sense of everything and share what I’ve learned in an accessible package.

My academic training is in biology, psychology and neuroscience. I’ve done a good mix of work: neuroscience, agriculture, environmental analysis, and mental health. In 2020, I earned a certificate in technical writing. Now, I’m pursuing a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, playing music, and finding new hobbies. Next up: painting.

Journalist of the Year, 2nd Place

Michigan Community College Press Association, 2020

“Easily the best writer in this category, Crystal Gwizdala also stood out from the rest of the entrants because of her contributions to the staff through copy editing and overall leadership. […] Excellent photos, sharp writing and skilled copy editing.”

Dave Clark, Director of Student Media at Central Michigan University