What do you like about St. Mike's?
I like how professors know me by name, even professors who don't teach in my major. You feel really connected to people here.
Do you have a favorite professor?
Professor Shane Lamos has my advisor since I became a chemistry major. I've worked with him for two years so he's provided me with plenty of research opportunities. He's the one who suggested I apply for the Goldwater Scholarship, which is a very competitive national award that I recently received. He's always pointing out opportunities for me.
What's something you've learned at St. Mike's that's been inspiring?
What you learn about yourself here. You need to be open to every kind of opportunity that you have here, because there's plenty of them, and if you limit yourself then you're not going to grow in the way that you can when you're in college.
How do you give back to the community?
I do a lot of tutoring. I try to get involved any way I can with the department, working with students who are younger than me and helping anyone who has a question. Anyone who looks like they need help or someone to talk to, I try to be there.
What is your summer research?
We're working on developing what we call a "chemical tag" that is specifically going to bond to proteins. We would use it to compare people with a certain disease that we want to study and we think might be related to proteins, and compare their protein profiles against someone who we would consider healthy, and see what proteins are up-regulated or down-regulated, and that information is really helpful for finding a cure, a treatment or even just diagnostics. It's kind of cool to know that what you’re doing, even if you're on just the development end of it, could help people in the future.
What makes you happy?
Getting good grades! What really makes me happy is making other people happy. It’s nice when I get a good grade but then I think also it helps professors feel like they're doing a good job. It makes me happy when professors walk down the hallway and know who I am. I’m not just a student ID number to them. They care about you and your personal life and your student life.
What are you grateful for at St. Mikes?
Every opportunity that I've had here I'm extremely grateful for - the people that I've met, the people that have helped me along the way, the education that I’ve gotten... there's really not a lot not to be thankful for. There are so many opportunities and you need to take advantage of them because you’ve got four years and they go by really fast, I promise you that.