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Emily McParland '22

Emily McParland '22

Major: Biology
Minors: Neuroscience, Anthropology & Sociology
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
Involvements:  Women's Soccer, Chemistry Club

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Hello! My name is Emily McParland. I'd love to talk with you about my Knox experience.

My favorite spot on campus:
Jorge Prats Soccer Field. It is a place where I have felt the most joy and have formed the best memories with my best friends.

Professor you should absolutely take a class with: 
A new student should absolutely take a class with Professor Gidmark. He teaches with such passion and will give the absolute most that you can get out of a class with demonstrations and projects. In Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (an upper level biology class), you get a chance to articulate your own animal skeleton!

How I picked my major:
I always knew I wanted to be in science. I have fallen in love with the surprises and mysteries that every form of life has to offer. There is such diversity that you could study biology your whole life and still learn something new every day.

Class I didn't expect to love:
I was terrified to take Organic Chemistry from all of the horror stories from those who took it before I did. Dr. Cermak is one of the best professors that I have ever had. She has mastered teaching one of the hardest classes offered in undergrad and is supportive in every way throughout the process. A classmate and I struggled through reaction mechanisms and concepts throughout the class and felt really proud with what we learned. I formed an irreplaceable friendship through collaboration and perseverance.

Best thing I've done since coming to Knox:
I got the opportunity to help clean, prep, and hang the fin whale in the Umbeck Science and Math Center. It was incredible to be a part of a team consisting of people from all different disciplines. It was also a relief finally seeing it hanging in the A Core after the countless hours that were put in from so many people.

My most challenging class:
My most challenging class was probably Neuroscience I. I was challenged with complicated neural and biological pathways in ways that I have never seen before. Overall, I had to think in a variety of ways to succeed in the class. I learned how to study in a different way than I had before. I utilized study sessions and the help of my professors in order to be successful, but in the end I really enjoyed the class.

Surprisingly cool things about Galesburg:
We have the best coffee and pizza ever. Also, I have fallen in love with the overall culture of the Midwest that is seen clearly in Galesburg. The architecture of the houses in the neighborhoods closest to campus is amazing.

Connect with me to ask any questions you may have about life at Knox, classes and professors, and living in Galesburg, Illinois. And don't forget to follow Knox on Snapchat and Instagram to see a typical day in the life of a Knox student—maybe even mine! 

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