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Dana Pierce


Barrington, Illinois

Biochemistry Major, Neuroscience Minor

How would you describe academic life at Knox?

The faculty to student ratio is amazing. The teachers genuinely care about the students and always encourage the students to approach them if they're having trouble in class.

How would you describe campus life at Knox?
Knox is a very close-knit community. Almost every time you walk around campus someone you know will say hi to you.

Why did you choose Knox?
Knox has a very good pre-med program. The classes are relatively small, which allows for a great teacher to student ratio. Each student is encouraged to go to their professors for any help they need with their classes.

What surprised you about Knox?
Even though Knox is a small school, there are still so many people I don't know.

Which Knox classes and professors have been your favorites? Why?
All of the classes I have had with Professor Janet Kirkley have been my favorites. Even though they have been the most difficult classes I have taken, the material she teaches is so interesting and applicable to what I want to do with my life. She makes me want to learn as much as I possibly can and put forth as much effort as I can.

What about Knox stood out during your college search?
Its great pre-med program, as well as Knox's close-knit community.

How did you learn about Knox?
My older brother attended Knox College.

What would surprise your high school friends about you now?
I'm a lot more outgoing. Knox has really helped me break out of my shell. I used to be extremely shy and quiet, but now I'm not afraid to be outgoing.

What activities do you participate in on campus?
Varsity tennis, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pre-Health Club, Chemistry Club, Union Board, and I am a Red Room chemistry and math tutor.

What are your interests and hobbies?
I love playing sports. In addition to being on the tennis team, I have played intramural basketball and volleyball at Knox.

What is your favorite place on campus?
Seymour Library.

What is your favorite place off campus?
Innkeepers Coffee.

Any advice for high school students on their college search?
Don't let your friends or family influence your decision. You'll be at college for four years, so you do have to choose the school that is right for you.

What is the most imortant thing you've learned at Knox outside of the classroom?
Not to be afraid to ask for help when I need it. There are so many amazing people on this campus that will be there for me no matter what.

Describe any independent study you have undertaken.
I did an independent study with John Haslem that taught me how to speed read, which increased my reading rate drastically.

Have you had any internships during your time at Knox? If so, where?
I did research at the UIC College of Pharmacy.

How did your experiences at Knox help in your internship?
In class, I had learned about various biochemical techniques that I performed during my internship.

What are your plans for life after Knox?
After Knox, I plan on attending medical school.