Jenny Ripka '17, an adult services librarian at the Naperville Public Library, credits interdisciplinary expe...
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Orthopedic Surgeon & Part-Time Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
Majors in History and Biochemistry
How has your Knox experience made an impact on your career?
Knox provided incredible opportunities to do just about anything -- whether it be in the sciences, humanities, history, improv comedy, whatever -- no matter what your interest. One specific example would be the summer I spent doing HHMI research with Professor Cermak. I'm convinced that's why I was accepted into medical school.
How has a liberal arts context for your science education benefited you in your career?
Honestly, I was a history major before picking up enough credits for my biochemistry degree. There's incredible value in having a well balanced education and being able to speak about varied topics.
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Describe an experience at Knox that had an impact on you.
I remember working in the Lincoln Studies Center with Professors Davis and Wilson; transcribing original records from the early Galesburg Jewish community in the late 1800s with Professor Gold; and TAing for Professor Hulett. I also remember playing campus golf, walking the track late at night with my best friend, fighting a Knox Student Senate that was less than 50% elected by the student body, and running around Lake Storey with the cross country team. To paraphrase an author I encountered during class -- book learning only takes you so far. We're all a product of our life experiences. Knox teems with great experiences. I can't imagine getting a better college experience than I did at Knox.