For junior biology-chemistry major Rachel Rindom, her time at Southern Nazarene University has been marked by significant growth, both academically and spiritually. Through the investment of her professors in her education, her participation in research projects, and her relationships with fellow students, Rindom feels she is being fully equipped to take the next steps in her life.
“I have learned that you can do whatever you are passionate about, especially in the sciences,” she explained. “You have to be willing to do what it takes - like networking, shadowing, volunteering, or just getting out of your comfort zone.”
A native of Olathe, Kansas, Rindom said she knew she would attend SNU after she first visited the campus, calling it a one of a kind community. Furthermore, it was clear after her initial visit that the Science Division as a whole was dedicated to getting to know students and helping them achieve their academic goals.
“My professors have played an important role in my college career by guiding me through the courses I need to take, and encouraging me to go on a research study abroad program in Costa Rica that changed my perspective on the sciences, and gave me a better outlook on what I want to do when I graduate from SNU,” added Rindom.
One of the outstanding learning opportunities Rindom has had at SNU came this past summer when she took part in the SNU Summer Research Experience. Thanks to an Oklahoma NASA space grant, Rindom participated in some cutting-edge research focused on metal nanoparticles and their possible antibacterial properties.
“This project has opened my eyes to the important applications that research can have in different areas of medicine, and our own research may have implications in the way that certain clinical treatments are manufactured in the future,” said Rindom.
Taking part in this research project has helped ignite Rindom’s love of science further as she has always had a strong desire to know the reasons behind the way things work. Moreover, she stated she is thankful for those generous alumni and friends of SNU who have helped make the growth she has experienced at SNU a reality, and hopes that investment will continue through the Campaign for the Sciences.
“It’s kind of like a pay-it-forward attitude because alums were able to get their quality education partially due to donations from other alumni and friends preceding them,” she said. “It is also an investment in the future of the current students by giving them extra opportunities that can further equip them for a future in the sciences.”
After earning her degree at SNU, Rindom plans to apply to a Physician Assistant school and ultimately work as a PA in a rural area. She also plans to invest time serving on medical mission trips.