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Clarkson Student Spotlight: August '11

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Kallie Desmond ‘12
Biomolecular Science, minor in Gender and Sexuality, Pre-med

It seems like Brewerton, N.Y. native Kallie has dabbled in a bit of everything at Clarkson. She’s president of the Leadership Corps. She’s been a resident advisor for the past two years and will be a resident director this year. She’s a member of the varsity cross country and Nordic ski teams and represents Clarkson on the Liberty League Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She’s a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, Clarkson’s premedical fraternity. And to top it all off, she’s also a teaching assistant for freshman chemistry. Let’s learn a bit more about Kallie. Check it out.

Q: Why did you choose Clarkson?
A:  I picked Clarkson because of the vibe I got from it when I first came on the campus.  It just felt right.

Q: What has been your favorite class so far or your favorite professor? Why?
A:  I have had a lot of really great classes and professors, but my favorite was History of Medicine in Society in North America and Europe with Prof. Stephen Casper. It was really interesting to see why medicine has evolved to what it is today, and how those changes took place. 
Q: If there was a soundtrack to your life, what songs/artists would be playing?
A: It would be a really eclectic mix of country, alternative, and music to dance to.

Q: What unique experiences have you had at Clarkson?
A:  Through Clarkson I received a research position last summer to work on electrochemical systems to detect pesticides in water in a lab in Perpignan, France. It was really interesting to be able to spend the summer exploring Europe, and learning about biosensing systems.

Q: Who is your favorite “famous” person?
A:  Carrie Tollefson. She competed in mid distance events in the 2004 Olympics. I met her when I was 15 at Aim High Running Camp. Her major message was to never give up on your dreams, and she really lead by example and overcame a lot of adversity in the sport. I still have the poster she signed for me up on my wall.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
A: Most often you can find me in the ERC, but my favorite place is all the trails we use for running and skiing.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A:  My guilty pleasure would definitely have to be online shopping.

Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: My plan has always been to go to medical school to become a physician. I am currently leaning towards neonatology or emergency medicine, but it changes almost weekly.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: When I was traveling last summer I fell in love with Prague, Czech Republic. The city was incredibly beautiful and the people I met were so nice and a lot of fun.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?
A: This summer I will be working at the Emergency Department at University Hospital in Syracuse conducting clinical research. It should help me to start to really figure out where I want to go in medicine.

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Kallie Desmond '12