Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Amy Moreira ’13

Lifelong learning: One of the reasons I love studying the sciences at Wheaton so much is that you can see how passionate the professors are for their subjects. They make challenging concepts like quantum physics and biochemistry seem easy. They’re willing to take the time to sit down with you and thoroughly explain material in a way that is accessible and applicable to real-world situations.

Pay it forward: I’ve been a member of the women’s lacrosse team since my freshmen year and am now a senior captain. Lacrosse has offered me many opportunities to meet new people and gain life skills that aren’t taught in class. I aspire to work with athletes through orthopedics and sports medicine, hopefully as a surgeon. I want to be able to give back to the sport that has given me so much.

Cutting-edge development: I’ll work as a research assistant in a lab that studies hydrogels, which can act as replacements for articular cartilage. Cartilage is a tissue that doesn’t regenerate once it’s damaged and there aren’t many effective replacements for it. I’ll be responsible for making the gels and testing their physical properties, as well as preparing papers and posters for conferences.

A leg up: The Filene Center has been an integral part of developing my professional repertoire of networking, interviewing, and creating resumes.  During my sophomore year, Dean Alex Trayford suggested that I shadow a doctor and gain insight into the medical community. Dr. Eric Berkson, Wheaton’s Athletic Training physician, allowed me to shadow him in his clinic and during surgeries, as well as conduct some of the research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Sports Performance Center, which he directs.

Exploration is key: I’ve participated in many scientific research projects here, such as an independent project with Physics Professor John Collins that focused on using high-speed motion capture video to study the kinematics of collegiate baseball pitchers.

The bottom line: Wheaton is all about opportunities. They’re hidden in every faculty, staff member, and student on campus. Don’t be afraid to express your aspirations, because that’s when connections can set up the chance of a lifetime.

By Adara Meyers ’08