Mary, an Honors College student studying biology, came to Texas A&M University-Commerce to take advantage of the Honors College full-ride scholarship and to pursue her dream of becoming a neuroscientist.
For Mary, the Honors College presents many great opportunities that can help her as she strives toward her goals. Because she plans to attend medical school after graduation, she is especially interested in writing the required Honors College thesis to add to her résumé.
Along with the academic benefits, Mary enjoys being part of the close-knit A&M-Commerce community and getting to know her professors on a personal level.
“Both the Commerce community and the university are relatively small,” Mary said. “And the small class sizes allow students an opportunity to develop close student/teacher relationships.”
“My first semester I was only taking plant biology, so I didn't have a strong vocabulary in genetics and neurology,” Mary said. “In genetics specifically, gel electrophoresis, separating DNA genes based upon their sizes, is extremely important. Here at A&M-Commerce, it was one of the first things I got to do.”
Mary is positive that A&M-Commerce is a great starting point for a career in science and medicine, and is grateful for the knowledge she has obtained at the university.
“When I go on to genetics, cell biology and eventually neuroscience, I’ll have a background in it,” Mary said. “My experience working in the university lab will help me retain the information better and will give me an advantage over other students who don’t have this experience.”