Chemistry

Allison Fields

Class of

2015

My hometown is

White Lake, MI

My major(s):

Chemistry

My minor(s)

French

I'm involved in:

Chemistry Club-science blowout chair/XEM, French club-secretary, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life-Committee Chair, Presidential Honors Program, Integrated Health Studies Institute

After I graduate I plan to

I wish to attend graduate school after Alma.  I aspire to become a researcher in the development of pharmaceuticals.  I have always been passionate about wanting to help others and developing new drugs or treatments for diseases would be a great way for me to apply my knowledge of chemistry and the sciences towards something that can better society.  I have considered medical school, but ultimately decided I would rather be behind the scenes developing things that doctors can then pass on to their patients. 

My favorite place on campus is

Dow! I spend many hours in Dow in class as well as research. The research labs, for me, are a place to escape from the stresses of classwork and to just focus on whatever goal you hope to achieve in research that week. It is just you and the lab, and a great place for reflection. Being in the lab doing research also has reinforced that chemical research is what I hope to do with the rest of my life.

Some of my favorite professors include

All of them! I have made great connections with professors particularly in the Chemistry department, but I love how willing all professors at Alma are to lend a helping hand or even just to have a casual conversation with as you pass them in the hallway.

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

I believe that I have embraced the liberal arts here at Alma.  In high school I took four years of French and although I am a chemistry major, I did not want to let that go to waste.  I enjoy taking upper level French courses and discussing french literature, it is definitely a break from the natural sciences!  Chemistry is a universal topic, so maybe someday I can put my French skills to use in that sense.

I have done research with Dr.Mo and Dr.Turk in the chemistry field, as well as helped Dr.Stupics (psychology) on her Language Development studies.  All of these experiences have given me opportunities to be more exposed to what I may be doing in grad school, and perhaps even as a future job.

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

Become involved!  Go out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to attend meetings for a club you are interested in just because you don’t know anyone.  You will regret it.  Get your foot in the door with professors who can help you farther down the line.  They offer great advice if you have questions about absolutely anything. You may come into any school with a pretty narrow mindset of what you want to do with your future, but do not let this limit yourself.  

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

Alma is a great place to come out of your comfort zone and a great place for personal development.  The opportunities here are immense and you will be able to do things you never thought you could.  The small school environment allows you to form strong bonds with professors as well as other students.  It is impossible to walk across campus without stopping to say hi to someone you know.