The education that I received at L&C prepared me well to meet the expectations of my graduate program. I have even found that what I was taught at L&C prepared me better than my peers to meet learning outcomes and further my education.
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What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I was looking for a college with a strong biology program and came to visit campus. The moment I arrived on campus, I knew it was where I was supposed to be.
What have you been doing since graduation?
I switched my career trajectory at the start of my senior year from medicine to marine science, so I took a gap year following graduation to apply to graduate schools. I ended up taking a three and a half month internship in Bahía de Kino, Mexico, helping with marine mammal and waterbird monitoring during that year. I am now wrapping up the first year of my MS in marine science at Nova Southeastern University, where I am doing my thesis in the Fisheries and Avian Ecology Laboratory.
How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for grad school?
The education that I received from my professors at L&C, and from the biology department in particular, prepared me well to meet the expectations of my graduate program. In several cases, I have even found that what I was taught at L&C prepared me better than my peers to meet learning outcomes and further my education. Concepts such as scientific reading comprehension and scientific communication were consistently taught throughout the biology curriculum; these skills and others like them have served me well and I have used them constantly since my graduation. In addition, the opportunity that I had to do hands-on laboratory research under the mentorship of Dr. Norma Velazquez-Ulloa gave me practical experience in how research is done and practice in presenting scientific work. Even though I have switched fields, I still apply the lessons that she taught me.
What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?
I learned a lot during my time at L&C, and my personal favorites are all biology related. However, I think one of the most important things that I learned here is that there is a community out there for everyone, you just have to find them.
Why did you major in biology?
I majored in biology because I have always been fascinated with the “why” of the world. I love digging deeper into how things work on different levels, from ecosystems to individual organisms.
How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?
I am still connected with several professors and my research mentor from my time at L&C. I am also still regularly in touch with several friends.