Why did you choose this program (major)?
I have loved science my entire life, and at one point, I was absolutely set on being a doctor. Although I have decided against practicing medicine, I have never once regretted choosing Biology-Health Sciences. Every time we learn something new, I know that I chose the right field.
What are you passionate about changing in this particular field and why?
If there was one thing I could change it would be the gender wage gap, which is present in all fields. On a more specific level, I think science education should be more widely spread and standardized. In my high school, chemistry was required, but I know a lot of people who have never taken chemistry. I think having a basic understanding of science is key to being a contributing member of society as it allows you to make informed decisions by allowing everyone to understand how the world works.
In the future, I want to teach. I love telling people about what I have learned, and I have always tried to go out of my way to help others understand science. I am still amazed by other’s reactions to random science facts, especially since many people think science is boring. There is always something new to learn, and every new topic is just as interesting as the last.
Why did you decide to join TOP?
TOP seemed like a school family to support me while I was away from my home family. I have always been very independent, but I had also never been away from home before. I applied for the guarantee of a group of people who cared about me.
Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?
I wish everyone knew just how much the faculty here care about the students. I hear horror stories from larger colleges, and I think it is sad how many students do not feel well looked after. I know that I, or any student, could walk into any Oregon Tech faculty office and ask for help, but that is not true for a lot of larger schools.
What is your favorite hobby, and do you have any experiences you would like to share regarding that hobby?
My favorite hobby has always been reading, and I have missed it since starting college. I used to read over a hundred books a year, often hundreds of pages in a day, and now I am lucky if I read two.
I also love anything crafty: sewing, knitting, art of any kind, you name it. I actually made all of my Christmas presents ranging from microwavable heat packs to luggage tags and clothing.
What fuels you to succeed?
My biggest motivator has always been my family. I want to make them proud and set an example for people to follow. I am the first Potts to graduate college. It is a big deal, and I hope I won’t be the last.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Dr. Clark. I love his enthusiasm about literally everything. He is the one who motivated me to really think about what I am passionate about. It is my goal to find something that gives me as much energy, as much drive to get up and seize the day as Dr. Clark seems to find in his life.