Savannah Mills, Class of 2016, Biology Pre-Med
Hailing from Jefferson, Ohio, Savannah Mills is one of those people who can't get enough of the sciences. Now in her senior year at LEC, she is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology pre-med and minors in math and chemistry.
Savannah originally chose Lake Erie because she knew the College boasted a strong science program. "It didn't hurt that the campus and the buildings are beautiful," she said, "but I was really drawn to the small class sizes and the hands-on learning."
As someone who intends to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology, the academic environment she was seeking as an undergrad has lived up to Savannah's expectations. “Because of the small classes, I've had the opportunity to build relationships with my professors," she said. "I really feel comfortable asking them questions and going to them for advice."
Many of Savannah's favorite memories at LEC stem from her time spent in Austin Hall of Science, where she's taken many classes with the same group of students and professors. "My classes have made for a really fun and comfortable learning environment," she said. "A great example is Dr. Schulman's biology classes, where she does comical dances or phrases to help us learn the material."
Another of Savannah's favorite memories involves Dr. Tedesco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, going above and beyond to help the Pre-Med Club raise money for research on congenital heart diseases. "Dr. Tedesco has been hit in the face with pies and dunked in a dunk tank, all to help us raise money. He's been a great sport."
For Savannah, the nurturing environment at LEC is an invaluable asset to prospective students. "If you're willing to work hard, this is a place where you can blossom and prepare for a successful future, regardless of what field you're pursuing," she said. "LEC offers so many unique opportunities. The faculty and staff here really get to know the students and are invested in helping them succeed."