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Student Profile

Name: Monica Hurtubise
Major: Biochemistry, Spanish Minor

Studying sciences was a sure thing

"Coming to the College of Saint Benedict, I was pretty sure that I wanted to go into the sciences.  After enjoying the biology and chemistry classes I took my first year, I decided to major in Biochemistry.  I'm thinking about going to medical school or graduate school for nutritional biochemistry or molecular biology.  My biochemistry major opens up many options for the future.  The program seems to be well organized, and the professors are all great.  Everyone is always more than willing to help out.  It's a comfortable atmosphere with fun people."

Taking advantage of the opportunities

"I've tried to take advantage of the opportunities available to me as a student and to make good use of the time in the summers to gain experiences that have helped prepare me for the future and broaden my horizons.  After my first year, I worked as a research assistant in the neurology department at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.  The following summer I worked in a diabetes and cancer facility in Seattle―the Pacific Northwest Research Institute.  This summer I'm doing DNA repair research at Saint John's University with one of my biology professors."

Activities galore

"I've been on the danceline, played Ultimate Frisbee, been a part of the Joint Events Council, am a member of the chemistry and the Spanish clubs, and am a student ambassador.  I worked as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department last year, and now I'm working in the Abbey Retirement facility as a nursing assistant.  Spring break of my freshman year I went on a service trip to an Indian Reservation in Montana.  This last spring break I co-lead a service trip to Kentucky.  Spring semester of my sophomore year I studied internationally in Spain."