Directed, yes. Locked into a course of study, not at all. Clare Munroe ’18 is a chemical physics major with a clear post-Hamilton goal – veterinary school.
Munroe spent a few weeks over a summer job shadowing at a veterinary clinic, even observing surgeries. She also did some farm-sitting for a friend who owns a herd of alpacas. She’s that serious about veterinary medicine. Still, she’s doing some academic exploring.
“I’ve taken a couple courses I never thought I would, including dance and drawing, but the one I enjoyed the most was cultural anthropology. Anthropology forced me to think in ways that chemistry and physics don’t, and it was nice to challenge myself in other ways for a change,” says Munroe, a Dean’s List student.
Monroe majored in chemical physics purely out of interest. She’s reaching the point where she can really see how what she’s learning applies to current research and the real world. “It’s really neat to read academic papers or news articles and be able to understand what’s going on,” she says.