The Biology Department welcomes updates from our 2013 graduates. If you are an alum and would like to share news with classmates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, Biology Secretary.
Samantha Kleen '12 writes:
"I recently got admitted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at University of Washington. My fiance, Scott MacDonald (Westmont graduate 2012), and I will be moving to Seattle after our wedding in August and will both begin graduate school shortly after. Couldn't have done it without the support of the Bio Department!"
Ashley Greenawalt '12 writes:
"I am in my first year of optometry school at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. In addition to getting my doctorate of optometry in the next 4 years, I am in a special program (they only accepted 2 other students out of my class of 100) to get my masters in vision science at the same time. I am currently researching for and writing my proposal to submit to my committee."
Rachel Teranishi '12 writes:
"I am currently living in Santa Barbara, working some part-time jobs, doing workstudy at Bikram Yoga, volunteering at a Diabetes and Pregnancy clinic, and researching with a physician for a chapter in UpToDate on the scientific basis of yoga. I have also interviewed at three medical schools and have one more interview scheduled."
Stacey Torigoe '12 writes:
"I spent the summer working with plants at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, and am now back home in Hawaii working in botanical conservation and vegetation management at Haleakala National Park on Maui. Everyday is an adventre here, whether we're running through the rainforest planting rare mints, cutting down invasive pines on the crater walls, or resurrecting native ecosystems from invaded shrubland."
Aaron Barnes '12 writes:
"After casually working and relaxing in Alaska this summer, I moved to Hanover, New Hampshire and am well into my first year of medical school at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. School keeps me pretty busy, but I have found time to volunteer at a local student-run health clinic, shadow several surgeons, and accept a research position within the vascular surgery department."
Kim Ramirez '12 writes:
"I work full time as a medical assistant for an internist in Santa Barbara. The practice is considered concierge medicine. Because we do not deal with insurance and only have about 350 patients in our practice, I am able to get to know our patients well and assist the doctor on house calls and hospital rounds. In the office, I draw blook and give vaccines. I am also taking an on line course through Allan Hancock College for one last class that I need for nursing school and will be applying to Mt. St. Mary's nursing program in March 2013."