Stephanie Bacon '14

Major: Biology

Minors: Chemistry

Graduate degree: Masters of Animal Science, North Carolina State University; Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University

What do you do for a living?

I am finishing up my first year of veterinary school at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, after completing my Masters in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. In addition, when I'm back home in Massachusetts, I work at a local animal clinic (Ludlow Animal Clinic) as a Veterinary Technician and a small music store (Wilbraham Music) as an office manager. 

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

Everyone in the biology department was so supportive of my ambitions and guided me in my path to reach the goal of getting into vet school, where I always dreamed to be! I have never encountered a more welcoming and encouraging group of professors and I doubt I ever will. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

I worked as a work-study student in the microbiology department. Honestly, when we got shipments in with dry ice, I used to take it to dispose of it in as entertaining means as possible. That included pretending I was in Harry Potter by dropping it into colored water and letting it bubble and smoke. All in safe manners of course. 

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

The only advice I have for incoming students is: everyone is in the exact same place. I seriously doubt too many people know each other and I made my best friends in school by simply going to my favorite classes. 

To current students, I would have to recommend not getting senioritis. I know it's hard and you're going to be counting the days until graduation (no matter what year you might be in), but you will miss so much if you don't just embrace the experience. Being at SMC included some of the best years of my life so far and I am beyond glad I could enjoy my time there while simultaneously working towards my dream. 


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