Biology and Chemistry
Expected Grad Date
Honors Program, Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Undergraduate Research, CHAARG, Butler Student Ambassador, Learning Resource Center Tutor, Pre-med Society, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
Owen Valley High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
My research lab
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Undecided (Top right now is Dermatologist)
What’s been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?
My very first biology course, BI210, Genetics. This is the class that truly made me fall in love with biology and everyone within the department. I am now a lab assistant for BI210 and it is very nostalgic. I love the subject and the general camaraderie of this course.
What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?
I believe that everyone on this campus is part of my Butler Community. Although there are many sub-communities (major, academic college, extracurricular, etc), I interact with others every day, and they are all pleasant interactions. Being a part of the Butler Community is like being a part of a lucky group of people who get to claim this campus. I feel very proud to contribute to it.
How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?
Although I could talk about all the valuable knowledge I have gained within the classroom (which is totally valid), the connections I have made here have truly prepared me for life after graduation. Many faculty members have stuck their necks out for me when they didn’t have to, and have taught me life and career lessons outside of the classroom. I’m grateful for everyone I have known here and all the experiences they have given me that have lead me to where I am now.
What’s your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?
I have kind of an obscure memory that stands out. I was very shy when I first came to campus, and probably around September of my first semester here I was walking back from class and I saw someone walking his dog. For whatever reason, the dog came up to me, so I leaned down to pet it. His owner said, “Oh, don’t jump on her, Darby!” Of course, I was confused (because I definitely wasn’t jumping on his dog). It turns out that the dog’s name was Darby. Oddly enough, I honestly think that small coincidental experience helped me get acclimated with the campus and branch out to get to know people.
What were your primary factors in making your college decision?
I was always looking for a small school, and I wanted to have a lot of one-on-one time with my professors, as I knew I was going to be taking difficult classes like Organic Chemistry. I was also looking for a place where I would not just be a number, and where my professors would know my name. I wanted to form personal relationships with faculty, and I wanted to be treated like a colleague rather than an inferior. I found all of that on my visits, as faculty and staff were at my admitted student visits, and remembered me from those visits when I took their classes.
What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?
I love the stories that people tell me about Butler when I tell them I go here. It seems like everyone has a good experience with Butler, whether it be a basketball game they attended, an event at Clowes, or just the movie Hoosiers. The Bulldogs have positive vibes everywhere, and I’m proud to be contributing to that history.
What does the Butler Way mean to you?
The Butler Way is the way people treat one another on this campus and how much we all support one another. It is truly a community, and I feel the Butler vibes every time I walk around campus. The Butler Way is the way we take care of one another around here. The Butler Way is truly the character you have and what being a Bulldog shapes you to be.