Student Profile

Dana Bourne '14

Biochemistry major, Medieval Studies minor

What do you like about St. Mike's?

The sense of community. Working on campus doing summer research, I built relationships with professors that I would have at another college.

What's your favorite class?

Integrated Chemical Analysis. It was a 300-level chemistry class, with about 12 of us in the class. We got a lot of one-on-one attention.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I like the area behind where the suite buildings are, where we can hang out and play sports. Off campus, just walking on Church Street is the best part of being this close to Burlington. It doesn't get old.

Has it always been about the science for you?

I came in not knowing if I wanted to major in biology or chemistry, so I started with biochemistry. I thought I was going to be pre-med, but that changed, though I stayed in biochem. I'm thinking science research is what I want to be doing with the rest of my life now, hopefully. This summer experience showed me this is what I want to do.

How do you give back to the community?

I do a lot of volunteering through MOVE, like tutoring and working with kids.

What makes you happy?

Finding out new things. That's the one thing about science - there's always a new thing to discover, even if it's outside of class, reading papers.

What are you grateful for at St. Mikes? I'm grateful for the professors who really care. They really want to be here and want to see you succeed, and they want good things to come for you. That's a huge part in why so many students do well at St. Mike's – it's having professors who work hard to help students learn well.

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