Rebecca Flynn

7/28/2015

 What inspired you to pursue a chemistry major or minor?

As I was thinking about possible careers, I knew that I wanted to do something in the health care field. Chemistry had always fascinated me, so I thought that I should pick a career that was based on chemistry. Pharmacy became my top pick, and a major in chemistry fit very well with the prerequisites. I thought I would take chemistry courses and see how I liked it. My first year here, I had great chemistry professors that were very helpful and encouraging, and I found that I really enjoyed learning more in-depth chemistry, so I stuck with it. 

What are some benefits of studying chemistry at a liberal arts college?

I have learned a lot about different disciplines that I would not have learned if I was simply studying chemistry. The common curriculum has helped me to broaden my horizons and become a well-rounded student. 

What advice do you have for students considering a major or a minor in chemistry?

Make sure to take a chemistry course in high school so you can learn some of the basics and find out if you actually like chemistry. Being a chemistry major can be a lot of work and can be overwhelming, especially as a first year. Don't give up on it, and utilize the professors. They are a great resource and are always willing to help. 

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I hope to go to pharmacy school after graduation from CSB. The chemistry degree will help with my understanding of pharmaceuticals as I seek my PharmD degree. 

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

This past spring, I studied abroad in South Africa. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I am very grateful for the chance to study in such a different culture during my time at CSB. I was able to meet great people and broaden my understanding of the South African culture, as well as gain insight into the American culture. 

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?

During school, I work as a teaching assistant for different chemistry labs and I also work periodically in the chemistry stockroom. Since the summer of 2014, I have been doing research with Dr. McIntee through the CSB/SJU Summer Undergraduate Research program.