BackgroundInterview Date:December 2018
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Public high school in Staten Island, NY with a graduating class of about 700 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: No
Extracurricular Activities: I did more extracurriculars in the beginning of my college career and don’t do as many now. Now, the only thing I do outside of my classes is research. I also held leadership positions in my dorm.
Did any of the extracurriculars you joined in the beginning of your college career have a particularly big impact on your experience?
I joined the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students my freshman year because I had an interest in going into health professions but I decided I didn’t want to go into that [professional area], so I dropped it. But, I did really like partaking in it because it was a way to help me acclimate to college life. I think extracurriculars are a good way of going about doing that.
How easy was it for you to get involved in research?
For me personally, it was more difficult because I had to figure out what research I was interested in and that included talking to a lot of professors about their work and really trying to see if it’s a good fit for me. That was really important and I didn’t get into any research until my junior year.