Q5: What are your future career plans after graduation?
Coming into my master’s, I would have told you that I wanted to work with agricultural pests in industry or extension after graduation. I’ve been exposed to new areas of entomology, like medical and veterinary, and I hope to further explore these before solidifying my plans. Luckily, Rich Zack’s special topics course on medical entomology this semester is helping with my exploration!
Q6: What is your favorite thing about your Master’s/PhD journey?
I’ve loved connecting with people on all fronts. I’ve participated in outreach to teach kids about insects, met with industry professionals at a conference, and learned a great deal from other students and researchers. I enjoy learning from others with unique interests and backgrounds, and I feel my master’s has really allowed me to explore new areas.