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Sarah Clark

7/28/2015

What inspired you to pursue a chemistry major or minor?

I am pursuing a major in biochemistry because the human body amazes me. I want to know how and why it functions the way it does and what happens when certain processes go wrong. Biochemistry is a great way to combine my interests in science and health. I enjoy the challenge of problem solving and the continuous influx of new discoveries.

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

I believe the greatest advantage of studying chemistry in a liberal arts setting is that I am challenged to take what I learn in every field I study and apply it to my life outside of that class. Science doesn't stop at science in a liberal arts college. It has a very integrated relationship with other subjects, and I love being able to apply my chemistry knowledge to other areas of my life. You don't just learn the facts, you learn how to learn, which is a lifelong process. It challenges students to be well-rounded and it provides opportunities to be an important part of a large support network. 

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

If you are willing to work hard and you have a deep curiosity for the inner workings of the world, pursue chemistry! Even if you are unsure of your career path, chemistry offers you opportunities to gain all of the problem solving and critical thinking skills you would need for any field. Also, don't shy away from it because you think it might prevent you from participating in other activities on campus. It is more than possible to arrange your schedule to make the most out of your college experience, including studying abroad, attending campus events and joining clubs!

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I am hoping to enter an MD/PhD program after graduation. I want to use my background in biochemistry to enter a related research field.

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

I could mention that I love the community at CSB/SJU, but that seems to be a universal highlight for people here. So, I would say my other favorite aspect of my time here is being surrounded by passionate people who have helped me to find my own passions. Everyone here is involved in the community, usually in many different ways. Being at CSB/SJU offers a unique environment because I feel that I have been able to really explore my own interests and share them with other students, all while having their full support.

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

I am on the board for Chemistry Club and the Benedictine Friend program and I am also in a jazz combo and intramurals. I am studying abroad in Rome and Greece this fall. I am part of the Student Health Assistants program in the ER at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Biochemistry/music