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Student Spotlight
Q & A with a biology major





Molly Harrison '09

Windham, NH

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

My experience at Saint Michaelís has been awesome! From an academic perspective, I have really enjoyed the liberal arts aspect because it has encouraged me to look outside my immediate interests. Many of the liberal studies requirements offer a refreshing change from oneís major courses, and ultimately produce a more well-rounded student. In regards to my major, the biology program has been great. The faculty emphasizes the integration of textbook learning with real-world application, and students have the opportunity to explore these concepts within many different topics of biology. From a personal perspective, I found my biology professors and advisor to be extremely helpful and supportive throughout the dental school application and interview process.

Socially, the location of Saint Mikeís has been unbeatable. From skiing at Smugglers' Notch to shopping/eating on Church Street in Burlington, there is always something to do!

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

Throughout college I have spent my vacations working at an orthodontic office in my hometown; I have not been involved with any formal scientific research like many biology majors choose to do over the summer. However, the lab components of many upper level science courses have familiarized me with the basic thought process. I have had many opportunities to form questions and hypotheses, organize my own experiments, and evaluate and interpret results. In addition, working as an organic chemistry teaching assistant has allowed me to help other students with these types of projects.

What are your post-graduate plans?

In August, I will be moving to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. It is a four-year program to receive a DMD. Dental school is something Iíve been working towards for many years, and although my time at Saint Mikeís has been wonderful, I am excited to start a new chapter in my academic life! I know that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I am confident that Saint Mikeís has prepared me well.



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