Major: Pre-Med — Biology (BS)
Hometown: Levittown, PA
High School: Pennsbury High School
How has the University shaped your understanding of science and faith?
The more I read the Bible and the deeper I dig into God’s Word, the more that I can see that science and faith go together. Science only makes sense with God. Creation is so grand and so detailed: the little inner-workings of the human brain, even the details of a single eyeball. Knowing how intricate these are makes it harder to believe that there isn’t God. My faith in God has only grown stronger through my study of biology here.
What do you want to do after you graduate from Cairn?
Ever since I was four-years-old I wanted to be a surgeon. I’ve always been motivated to pursue medicine for the idea of wanting to help others. I hope that along the way I can show people God through what I do and how I live as well as just what I say to them about God. I think that as Christians we can serve and care for patients better because Jesus served and cared for us. He showed us how to do it first, so we can learn from his example and continue to care for his people.
What can Christians offer in the medical field?
It’s a general statement, but I find that Christians are generally more empathetic and sympathetic to people’s problems and they don’t want to approach anything from one way. They want to see things from all sides and to care for that person, and that person will know that Christians care for them through the way they act. I hope to show this when I become a doctor.
What has been the best part of your in-class experience?
Every class has hands-on aspects, the science classes as well as the Bible classes. We have lecture and we have lab, so usually we are learning in lecture what we will eventually do in lab. That is a really cool experience and there are so many fun things we get to do.
What’s one of your favorite experiences in the biology program?
In the General Biology lab, we did an experiment when we were talking about bacterial transformation. We actually took bacteria and took a plasmid, which is a piece of DNA, from another organism, and inserted it into that bacteria’s DNA. After waiting a week, we came back and we got our results, and it was glowing.
What is a typical day in the biology program?
A typical day looks like waking up early and then going to multiple different classes, going from a science class to a Bible class, and then to a lab where you put your hands in and get dirty. Somehow it all ends up mixing together in a way. You get a little bit of apologetics in your chemistry classes, and you might talk about chemical topics in your apologetics class as a way to be an apologist, to show the evidence and appeal to the scientists of the world. I find that in every class there’s some overlap with one of my other classes.