Sean Isaacs (BIOCHEM '12)
Home Town:Loudon, NH
High School:Merrimack Valley High School/
Major and Graduation Year:"...the biochemistry program is really strong..."
I chose UNH due to a few big reasons. For one, the biochemistry program is really strong and whoever I spoke to about undergraduate schools always referred me to UNH. Another was the location. I love New Hampshire and UNH has such a beautiful campus that definitely represents what the majority of New Hampshire looks like. The last main reason I chose UNH was because of the many activities offered around campus. There are just so many things to do that it is impossible to get bored.
I did a lot of research before applying to schools with what major I wanted to do so that I would not have to worry about what I should major in when I got to school. So, yes, I did.
Oh that is a tough one, but I would have to say there is a three-way tie. I really enjoyed my first semester of Principles of Biochemistry because it put all the stuff I had learned from Organic Chemistry and Biology into context while showing how our bodies operate on a molecular scale. I also enjoyed Eukaryotic Cellular and Developmental Biology for pretty much the same reasons as Principles of Biochemistry. The third is definitely the different one: The Bible as Literature. This one made is to me favorites mostly because of the Professor (James Krasner) who made it such a fun and interesting class.
Again, another tough one... I think it would have to be another tie between Dr. Vern Reinhold and Dr. Chuck Walker. I conduct research under Dr. Reinhold in his lab in Gregg Hall and he has helped me through my research in the methods and ways in which research is accomplished starting with funding to the actual experiment running and hopefully through to writing a paper. Dr. Walker was one of the professors of my Eukaryotic Cellular and Developmental Biology class and has helped me a little with my decisions for Grad School.
My research has been very beneficial to me. I know it seems to most students to be a fairly basic thing they do in order to get their degree and for their resume to look better, but for me, it has put everything that I have learned/ am learning into perspective and context.
Fencing all the way. I started my freshman year and it has been big in my life since. It is a great way to relax after a hard day of working and studying (come on, what's better than stabbing people with swords!?). I do suggest to any incoming first years that they find some kind of activity and keep with it. Said activity does not have to be fencing but just something to unwind every couple days.