Katherine Lantz (MLS '12)
Home Town:Peterborough NH
High School:Contoocook Valley Regional High School
Major and Graduation Year:"I'm glad I went to UNH and I can't imagine myself anywhere else."
I chose UNH because I wanted to go to school in New England, somewhere close to home. The location of the campus is perfect for me- it is close to the ocean, the mountains, Boston, and so much more! UNH is also a great size. There are always new people to meet, but also familiar faces around too. I'm glad I went to UNH and I can't imagine myself anywhere else.
When I arrived on campus for Freshman Orientation I was a Marine and Freshwater Biology major. I wasn't convinced that that was what I wanted to do with my life though, so during Orientation I met with the Program Director for Medical Laboratory Science to learn more about it. The class descriptions sounded interesting and the types of jobs I could get right out of school were just what I wanted to do, so I switched majors that day. I am so glad I did, the program has surpassed my expectations, the faculty are superb, and the material is constantly and consistently interesting. I couldn't have wished for a better experience.
While I've had many classes that I've enjoyed, I would say that organic chemistry has been my favorite. I worked harder for my grades in that class than in any other, but it was rewarding to have to earn every point. I liked playing with the molecule kit too.
Many faculty have been influential in my time at UNH, but perhaps the most influential professor has been Subhash Minocha. I have done research in his lab since my sophomore year. It is amazing to have a mentor who wants students to succeed as much as they do, and who's main goal is for students to learn something. Dr. Minocha is easy to talk to and full of advice. When research projects don't go as expected, which happens more often than not, he helps to troubleshoot and makes sure that we learn from each experience. I have learned more in the Minocha lab than I would have ever expected, mostly because I have had a fantastic mentor.
I have been volunteering in a hospital emergency department for patient contact so that I can get a better feeling of what it will be like to work in a hospital someday. The experience has been fantastic and I enjoy my time there. It makes me happy that I look forward to volunteering because I know I will also look forward to going to work after graduation and a job that I like doing is important to me.
I love to paint. The more I do it, the more I see the world differently. I look for colors and reflections and changes in light. Its nice to have a hobby that helps me to see the beauty in the world.