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Editor, Knox Magazine
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Hometown: Garden Grove, California
Campus Involvements: Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Student Senate
Class Year: 2015
Why did you choose your two majors?
I did the Spanish [major] to get more in touch with my ethnic roots. Chemistry was something that I discovered I loved-and I wanted to continue pursuing-in my sophomore year. When I took a chemistry course, I realized that was something I was far more interested in. It was really a huge surprise to me because I didn't even like chemistry in high school.
Can you briefly explain your research work with Helen Hoyt and why it appeals to you?
Two other students and I are working on synthesizing an iron catalyst with her. I've always had an interest in the environmental chemistry side of things. The project ultimately has a goal of synthesizing this catalyst prototype that can be used by pharmaceutical companies to produce medicines that would be cheaper to make. It has a social impact and an environmental impact. That's why I liked this project.
What are some of the things you like best about Knox?
You get this personal connection with the professors, and it really shows how much they truly care about the students. They'll ask you, "How's your day going? How's your term going?" Sometimes I wonder if I would have gotten that if I had gone to another school. I don't think that I would. Right here, at this school, I've been able to do everything that I wanted -- plus more. Knox is a place where students want to continue pursuing an education, even after [finishing] here. That's motivated me to pursue graduate studies.
Times President Obama visited
Once after winning the Democratic nomination to the US Senate, next as a commencement speaker in 2005 and lastly, in July 2013 to address the economy.