What has your
Saint Michael's experience, particularly your experience
as a biology major, been like?
At Saint Michael's College, the small community allows students to
interact with both peers and educators on a much more personal
level. The biology department is full of educators who show
enthusiasm in their fields of interest, which makes learning for
their students more enjoyable and interesting. The variety of
biology courses required has given me an opportunity to enroll in
the necessary classes for a pre-health track as well as enrolling in
other classes that intrigue me. The educators in the biology
department really take the time to know their students on a more
personal level, which makes them highly approachable. Throughout my
time here at Saint Michael's, I have become comfortable in going to
any of the professors with issues, either personal or academic,
which has given me the unique opportunity in having more than the
average one or two advisors.
What additional activities did you pursue related to the biology
Saint Michael's College has given me the opportunity to be involved
in numerous activities outside of my normal classes. During the
winter break of my third year I traveled to Costa Rica for a
Tropical Ecology course. This course is held every three years and
allows students to study the diversity in a tropical environment. I
have also enjoyed being a Teacherís Assistant for a general biology
laboratory section for the past three years. This has given me the
opportunity to sharpen my skills as well as teach other students the
applications of biology. Currently, during the fall semester of my
senior year, I am partaking in an academic internship with the
Vermont Veterinary Surgical Center. A cooperative opportunity
between Saint Michael's College and the biology department has
allowed me to obtain more hands-on experience in my field of
interest while following case studies.
What are your post-graduate plans?
I intend to enroll in Veterinary School. I have already completed my
applications and will decide on my destination once I have received
replies from the schools. Once I have acquired my DVM degree I
intend to work in a mixed animal practice, working with both small
and large animals. Eventually I hope to own a practice in the same
area in which I grew up.