: Scarsdale, New York
: Neuroscience and Biology
In the time I’ve been at Wesleyan, several aspects of both the academic and social atmosphere here have made me happier than I can imagine at any other school. Since High School, biology research has appealed to me both in that it is, in essence, pure discovery and exploration and that it is a highly practical area of research. In order to be a part of this, I have been taking courses on the developmental aspects of biology as well as disease pathologies. I am also presently in my second year of working in the lab of Professor Ann Burke where I study the patterning of various mesoderm lineages in several model organisms. Additionally, I became certified as an EMT during my freshman year here and plan to work with one of the local ambulance corps in the near future.
My other major commitment here at Wesleyan is my work at Red and Black Calling. Before becoming a manager last year, I was a caller for two years. As a caller I learned that there is a very real human face that lies behind the voice people hear on the phone and that the job is much more than just getting donations. The callers at Red and Black are often the only connections alums have to Wesleyan after graduation and much more than any gift, the job is about maintaining connections with the greater Wesleyan community. As a manager, I have learned a lot about the larger machinations involved in fundraising for a major institution. More than anything, this job has given me perspective. I now understand that the Wesleyan administration is not guided by just the president or the trustees but that it depends on the input and help of each student to keep current and be effective. The school’s fundraising efforts and student body do not operate independently of each other but are intertwined and codependent. If anything, this job has taught me to further appreciate Wesleyan and that the school itself appreciates every student, present and former.