Exploring courses outside of my biology major such as art history, Introduction to music, english literature, political science and business statistics, enhanced my understanding of critical thinking.
How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?
In what retrospectively seems as a very quick four years, I have had many liberal arts educational influences at WAC that have helped shape my goals of earning a B.S and becoming a research coordinator. I believe, a liberal arts education encourages both rigorous engagement and a breadth of experimentation towards the development of precise critical thinking skills. Exploring courses outside of my biology major such as art history, Introduction to music, english literature, political science and business statistics, enhanced my understanding of critical thinking. I am glad to culminate my liberal arts education with confidence in my belief that experience and a broad imagination to learn outside the norm can contribute to a successful future. As well as a strong faith in God; hence Proverbs 16:3, “commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?
Dr. Kenneth MacFadden, a chemistry professor, was by far my favorite professor at WAC. The impact he had in the classroom was very inspirational to many as he did his best to help his students comprehend and learn without prejudice. I recall an office meeting concerning a C+ exam grade ending with him telling me, “Bernice, you are smart and I believe you can earn an A on the next exam.” With his encouraging words, I earned an A in his chemistry class. His encouraging spirit sparked my determination and planted a seed that guided me through my academic journey at WAC. Dr. MacFadden was always very calm and explained chemistry in a way that made us want to learn even more about the subject. It still saddens me to know that he passed away from cancer. I feel as though unconsciously with this knowledge of his passing, I find myself researching and positively impacting the treatment of patients with cancer in my current field. Dr. MacFadd en’s time at WAC has definitely influenced many students’ current careers and personal growth. My second favorite professor at WAC who is as supportive and encouraging as Dr. MacFadden is Dr. Spilich; he too is very inspirational to many as he does his best to explain psychology in a way that makes you want to learn more about the subject.
What is your favorite Washington College memory?
I have many favorite memories from WAC including WC christian fellowship, but my most memorable consist of time spent with my Cleopatra’s Sisters during our monthly potlucks where we shared varies cultural dishes, educational enrichment discussions, community outreach, Annual Formals, trips to museums, etc. Cleo’s which stood for Classy Ladies Empowering Other Sister during my time as President is a women empowering organization that consist of diverse women from different cultural, social-economic, religious, and educational backgrounds. I was and still am very proud to have been apart of Cleo’s as it was life changing in the sense that, I felt a sense of belonging at WAC through Cleo’s and I made a life-time of friends (more so sisters) who are still very active in my life today. We continue to create our own favorite memories outside of WAC by supporting and celebrating each other (ie: birthdays, child-birth, new jobs, marriage, annual reunions, etc). Though we live in different states and countries, we still share that unique sisterhood bond best described with William Shakespeare’s words from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.”
Did your Senior Capstone Experience (or thesis project) have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today.
I researched the genetics and biological reasoning behind the onset of Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction; with the research skills, knowledge and wisdom I acquired from my capstone experience, I have perfected and implemented those into my work as a Clinical Research Program Coordinator. Thus, I have been able to publish and contribute to breakthrough clinical research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. My sixth publication can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740165/
- Cleopatra’s Sisters
- Christian Fellowship
- International Club