Katie McMorrow '20 in Italy.

She gets a lot of questions about her majors — neuroscience and dance — because they seem divergent, but in a classroom discussion Katie McMorrow ’20 discovered kindred academic spirits who didn’t need to ask about the combination. Most of the students in her program at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, where McMorrow is studying dance for a semester abroad, majored in some combination of science and dance.

“And though it may seem like a narrow and very specific field, we actually each had a different career we wanted to pursue with this combination of subjects,” McMorrow says. One student planned to pursue neuroscience research, applying her knowledge of dance in body movement. Another wanted to help competition dancers take care of their bodies instead of ignoring their injuries. A third aspired to become a therapist who uses dance to help treat mental illness.

Katie McMorrow "20

McMorrow is pondering a possible career in physical therapy, especially since she spent a summer working as an applied behavior analysis teacher at a school for children who have autism. “I don't know exactly what I want to do after I graduate yet, but PT is definitely something that I'm very interested in and looking into,” she says.

Her ideal career? One that allows her to draw on both her majors.

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