Senior – Biochemistry
College of Science
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Q: Tell me about your college experience so far. What made you decide on LSU and how are things going for you here?
A: My decision to attend LSU was almost completely influenced by my acceptance into the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program. LA-STEM has helped to make my college experience the four most amazing years of my life. Here at LSU, I feel like I have stepped in to my identity. I have found a field of study that I am passionate about, friends that I’m sure will last a lifetime, and opportunities to make my dreams become reality. I have had the opportunity to research here at LSU and at major institutions such as the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard and the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France. I have found really awesome friends in my College of Science community, the Honors College, and my church, Bethany. With the intense focus on community service that LSU fosters, I have become more involved in ways to impact my community, specifically through education. I have become heavily involved in ACT prep tutoring, and in my career, I would like to sponsor programs that introduce underrepresented or socioeconomically disadvantaged students to science and also to professional skills to enhance their chances for success.
Q: Are there any particular obstacles or challenges you had to overcome in getting to LSU or while you were here?
A: I would say that the biggest challenge that I had to overcome was believing in my ability to do great things. There are so many awesome students here at LSU! At first, it can be a bit discouraging as you compare yourself to the amazing students who are doing this and accomplishing that. I have learned that I can do whatever I have a passion to pursue—not alone, however, but with the help of a great team of advisors, encouragers, and friends.
Q: Are there things that surprised you about LSU?
A: I was surprised at the vast amount of resources available within a few miles of my hometown. Stepping onto the LSU campus is like stepping into a world of endless possibilities and opportunities. If there is not a direct way to get involved in something you’re passionate about, or want to learn more about, there will definitely be someone here who can point you in the right directions, connect you to people who know more, and mentor you in your development.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the campus?
A: My favorite thing is the quad on a sunny, spring day. There’s so much beauty in the landscape, and you can feel the intensity of the knowledge wafting in the air.
Q: What do you plan to do after graduation?
A: I will be spending the summer working at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard on HIV/AIDS research. I plan to begin graduate studies in the fall of 2014 in biomedical sciences with a focus in infectious disease and public health. The LA-STEM program has completely set me up to succeed in this area. Through rigorous training and extensive research experience, I and my classmates are entering graduate school with the experience and exposure equivalent to a second-year graduate student!
Q: What advice would you give new students?
A: Take advantage of all the opportunities. If you don’t see an opportunity that you’re looking for, just make it happen. There are ways to accomplish anything you want here at LSU. All it takes is determination and passion.
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