Graduate Spotlight: Caroline Zueck

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Caroline Zueck, photo by Riley Seay

Caroline Zueck graduated from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will pursue my Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Boston University.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Scott Nash, professor of religion. After going on his Mercer On Mission trip to Greece, I was able to form an amazing relationship with him and learn an incredible amount. After this trip, I took his course on death and dying, which truly changed my perspective on human existence. Dr. Nash took a liking to my poetry, which we were able to bond over. He has really encouraged me to pursue this creative outlet. Dr. Nash wants nothing but success and prosperity for his students, which really showed through in his teaching and interactions with students.

What was your favorite class and why?

Microbiology with Dr. Virginia Young. This was the most interesting course I took at Mercer, and it really solidified my understanding of my future career path in epidemiology. I would’ve taken this class every semester if I could have.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Although the courses were difficult and rigorous, I believe they really prepared me for my future graduate program in epidemiology. With the research experiences I was fortunate to have as an undergraduate, this really set me apart from other applicants who may not have had this lab time.

What makes Mercer special to you?

All of the professors that I formed relationships with that have been able to guide me on my path once I leave Mercer. The professors are really what makes Mercer special.

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