Meet a Science Major: Michelle Michelsen, Microbiology

Meet a Science Major: Michelle Michelsen, Microbiology


My name’s Michelle Michelsen and I’m a microbiology
major. Microbiology’s the best major for me because
it allows me to have opportunities that I wouldn’t have in other majors. I was under the impression that I would come
into college either being a marine biologist studying sharks or a microbiologist studying
mechanisms of disease. I didn’t realize there was a whole other field
that I was just completely missing, where I actually got to combine my love of the ocean
but also standing up for the little guys — all the bacteria that live in the ocean. I started working in a lab my freshman year
of college, and it was in an ocean microbe lab I thought it was completely weird and completely
different and something that I didn’t think I wanted to do but I ended up staying with
it for four years and now I’ve gone to multiple research conferences. I ended up going to Bermuda this summer to
continue my research and live in Bermuda for three months and go on research cruises. It’s been an incredible opportunity to work
with one of the leading scientists in my field and actually learn that I love something that
I didn’t think I did. Don’t be scared of your professors! They’re people too! Go to their office hours. You’re going to learn a lot more one on one
and asking questions. I know that’s really scary in big lecture
halls but teachers are really personable here and really want to help you so don’t be scared
of them. Make sure you make friends in your classes. They’re struggling through the same subject
as you, they’re going to be great study buddies, but they’re also going to become some of your
best friends. I really want to educate people about science
because I think people think of science in a really narrow scope and people don’t really
think about science as broad as it can be. I really want to challenge people’s ideas
of, for example, in the political climate that we’re in now people don’t really think
about climate change on a bacterial level but bacteria are the biggest players that
are going to get the carbon out of the atmosphere. I think a lot of people forget about how different
and diverse biology actually is.

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