Rachel Fritz

Rachel Fritz

Biology, 2018

Activities at Lycoming: Cross Country, Pre-Health Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Spanish Club, Research Assistant for Dr. Morrison

Hometown: Honesdale, PA

High School: Honesdale High School

Most influential professors: Dr. Morrison and Dr. Buedel. In addition to providing me with the opportunity to gain research experience in her lab, Dr. Morrison has encouraged me on my journey as both a student and a person. She truly cares about her students and goes out of her way to foster their success by holding comprehensive review sessions before each exam. Dr. Buedel has been equally influential in my college career because she is enthusiastic, engaging and takes a genuine interest in her students. I never imagined myself studying Spanish at college, but Dr. Buedel’s passion for the language and culture sparked my interest and made me want to learn more!

Favorite campus event: My favorite campus event is the annual Thanksgiving Dinner served to students by faculty, staff, and coaches. Every year I attend with the cross country team and our coach serves us a delicious, family-style turkey dinner. It is a fun tradition that makes you feel right at home!

My big college moment: My big college moment was my research internship in the summer of 2016 at the McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Over the course of the ten-week internship, I had the opportunity to conduct my own research project in a cutting-edge neuroscience laboratory. I strongly feel that the laboratory skills I gained at Lycoming set me apart from other candidates when I applied to this internship.

Global experience: During spring break of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to travel to Spain for ten days as part of my Art of Spain course. During our time there, we visited museums, palaces and cathedrals in the cities of Madrid, Granada and Toledo. I have always wanted to study abroad for a semester, but I was never able to because of scheduling conflicts with my science courses. For this reason, I am very thankful for this short trip abroad because it gave me a taste of what it’s like to live in a Spanish-speaking country.

Advice for incoming students: Whether it’s with a club, sport, laboratory, or all three – get involved on campus! College is about trying new things and finding out what you love to do!