Q: What have you been doing since you graduated K?
A: I’ve been working a handful of jobs since I graduated. So far, it hasn’t been all too glamorous. I was lucky enough to have a job lined up right after school as a research assistant for Michigan State University. The lab I worked in was the berry crops entomology lab. I worked at an off-campus site in Fennville, MI, which is mainly a farming town. I worked at this position until Thanksgiving and I’ve been working at a restaurant since then.
Q: Can you tell me specifically about the research position you held after graduation?
A: The research that I conducted at the Fennville station, Trevor Nichols Research Center, was mainly on the Spotted wind drosophila (nicknamed SWD, full name: drosophila Suzukii). The fly is an invasive fruit fly, similar to the common fruit fly you would find on rotting fruit in your home…Bottom line: consumers are not interested in rotten fruit with little things squirming around inside. Understandable, right?… So researchers are interested in finding the best solution to manage the fly.
Q: How did your time at K affect this position? Did you find knowledge from certain classes, professors, or experiences to be helpful?
A: I certainly used knowledge from K. Basic knowledge of research methods was important, because I often worked on my own or with peers. There were three other recent graduates/undergrads over the summer. We were able to carry out most of the work on our own.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I’m actually looking to go to law school. It is kind of a change, but working at MSU really solidified that I would like to work within the system to change it. The use of control pesticides is an interesting challenge that I would like to look at from another angle.
Q: How have these plans been influenced by your time at K?
A: There are influences from my time at K, but not in an obvious way. It took me a little bit of time to really be open to thinking about taking my life in the direction of law. I’m glad that I gave myself the time and opportunity to try something new.
Q: What do you miss most about K? What was your most memorable moment there?
A: I miss having a social network and weekends! I miss having friends around and time to spend with them. I’m working in the restaurant industry for now, and I really miss having Saturday free.
Q: What do you do in your free time? How is this different from when you were a student?
A: I’m studying! I have spent a lot of time studying for the LSAT, because I have the time to dedicate to it. I’m also tutoring some high school students in biology, which is a lot of fun.