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Q & A with a biology major





Kaitlyn Begins

Jericho, VT

Career Interests:
Molecular genetics or perhaps pharmacy


What has your Saint Michael's experience, particularly your experience as a biology major, been like?

            In my four years as a biology major there have been many triumphs, frustrations, joys, and opportunities. I always had the support of peers and also the biology professors, who take the time to really get to know the students. The professorsí enthusiasm about the subjects that they are teaching helps to get students motivated and excited to learn, even at 8:30 in the morning. The classes I have taken have thoroughly prepared me for graduate and pharmacy school entrance exams, and I feel as though I have a strong base of knowledge to help me pursue a career in biology.

What additional activities did you pursue related to the biology major?

            While completing my biology degree at Saint Michaelís, I also had the opportunity to work in the microbiology and genetics lab preparing all the media and supplies for lab that week. This allowed me to be exposed to the student research projects that were occurring during the school year and made me become interested in and pursue my own genetics research project. I loved working in the lab for the two summers on my projects as it allowed me to complete research and get results, which I was then able to follow up with new questions. Had I not been given this opportunity, I may have never realized how interested I am in research.  

What are your post-graduate plans?

            Since Iím a December graduate, my plans are to find a job doing research or working at a pharmacy or a hospital, until the coming fall. In the fall Iíd like to go to graduate school pursuing my molecular genetics interests or possibly to the pharmacy school in Colchester. Wherever I am, I would love to be doing research. 



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