- 2008 Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a
The past few years in the classroom have been exciting
and challenging for her Caroline Listman.
She found she had an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
The Biology program particularly suited her interests.
“I’ve always loved science and started
off thinking that I would do something with ecology
or in veterinary medicine. As I was exposed to the many
different areas of our degree, I began to realize that
molecular biology was the field that interested me most.
I would like to start off doing lab work or pharmaceutical
sales, but lately have been toying with the idea of
getting my PhD and teaching.”
She decided to attend PNC because it was close to home
and its flexible class schedule allowed her to arrange
her classes so she could continue working.
“It allowed me to obtain my Purdue degree without
going to the main campus,” she added.
“I worked full time and then part time for the
first three-and-a-half years while attending school
full time. At times it was difficult to balance everything
but it kept me focused because I didn’t have time
to slack off. By keeping my grades up and saving money
I was able to use my school grants to pay for my last
year of school. My family has shown constant support
and had faith in me even when I did not. My immediate
family, my aunt and my boyfriend have always been there
to encourage and support me.”
She always put her best effort into her classes.
“You just have to be realistic about the standards
you set; if you set a high standard for your work, you
will get higher grades,” she said.
“Going back to school and getting my degree is
the achievement that I am most proud of,” she
continued. “I dropped out of high school as a
junior and never thought that I would achieve much.
After working at dead-end jobs, I decided to get my
GED and attend college. I found my niche in college
and became more self assured and realized my potential.
My first semester at PNC I earned a 4.0. I continued
to receive high marks and made semester honors nearly
She admits that her biggest obstacle was “herself.”
“I started off thinking there was no way I could
go to college and succeed. I second guessed myself before
realizing that I was capable of succeeding and excelling
in the challenging biology program.
One of her favorite PNC experiences was being a teacher’s
aid for the Natural History of the Smoky Mountains trip
and for the cellular biology lab. She will always carry
fond memories of her friends in the biology program.
She was historian for the Beta Beta Beta National Biological
Honor Society. Off campus she is a member of the Hoosier
River Watch program.
“PNC is unique in how familiar you can become
with the faculty. The small size of the school really
allows you to get to know your classmates and professors.
I would advise people to go and check out the campus
and talk to the professors, most will give you honest
input and help you decide if the college is right for
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