Hello! I’m a senior biology major at UMass Amherst. This is my third semester at North Star doing one-on-ones. 

A little bit about me...I’ve grown up my whole life in Massachusetts. When I’m not at school, I’m at home on the south shore in Weymouth, MA. But for me, New Hampshire is my home away from home. I grew up learning to ski there with my family in the White Mountains. With the mountains, the people, and the small-town feel there, it’s definitely one of, my favorite places to be! 

Regarding what I’m studying and my professional interests, I have been studying a lot of microbiology and biotechnology. I want to help make new and improved vaccines, diagnostics for infections like the flu and Lyme disease, as well as treatments for those kinds of infections. Basically, I want to use what I know about science to help people feel better and live longer, healthier, happier lives! 

Outside of school and what I hope to do for work, I love to ski, cook, hike, lift weights...just about anything I can do to get moving and get outside. I’m also something of a nerd: I love computers and anything tech. We can do so much with computers and phones now—it’s crazy! 

I ended up at North Star pretty much by accident. My sophomore year (I think?) I was between semesters, looking at the UMass Student Job Board for a work study job. I saw a positing looking for work study students at North Star, and I thought to myself, “Oh that looks interesting...I’ll have to keep that in mind.” I ended up reaching out to Loran, and the rest is history! 

At North Star, I’ve really been able to dig into my love of learning and teaching other people. I have been thinking more and more about pursuing teaching when I’m done with school, and my time here has only grown that passion for teaching. I have loved learning for as long as I can remember, and science has always fascinated me. Being able to give that to someone else is really special. It’s also been a real learning experience for me, too, in ways that I don’t think I could have expected coming here. I’ve learned through experience here that learning and teaching is so much more about relationship than the information exchange itself. You form a relationship and bond with the kids you work with that I think is really special. 

As for what’s next, I think I’m still trying to figure that out myself. Right now I’ve been looking at a lot of jobs in biomedical research; everywhere from home in Boston and Cambridge to New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Montana. I have also started to pursue getting my MTELs so I will be qualified to teach in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. I’m also scheduled to take my GREs over spring break. I would love to be able to go back to school at some point, but I’m not sure for exactly what yet. For right now, I’m going to take some time to figure that out and (hopefully) be able to do some research. Ultimately, I think I’ll end up teaching somewhere. Along the way, I would love to be able to do some sort of biomedical research in pharmaceuticals, vaccines, or prosthetics. 

A note from Loran: Most of our UMass tutors are compensated by Federal Work-Study funding, but we have been fortunate to have Chandler working with us for the past two years as a volunteer. I have appreciated Chandler’s ability to change course in his tutorials to follow the students’ interests. For example, one tutorial this year started out focused on math, and soon morphed into watch-making and Italian! We wish Chandler well in his future studies and career path.