Buffalo Seminary is a very special place, inclusive and full of opportunity. I was active on science and math academic teams and participated in the athletic program. I showcased my passion for music in a variety of ways at SEM. I performed a senior music recital. I also wrote arrangements for, and, on occasion, conducted the Ensemble. Whatever I needed, SEM was always there to help make it happen.
The value of SEM's preparation became apparent soon after I arrived at Yale. SEM gave me a quiet confidence, a belief that there were no limits to what I could accomplish and the knowledge that good leaders lead by example. That confidence allowed me to play in and manage a student orchestra, run the school's largest community service project, and pursue a science degree in a field that is not generally receptive to women. The decision to major in science has led me to be a contributing author on a research paper to be published in a national science journal, and ultimately allowed me to obtain a research position at MIT's world renowned Whitehead Institute under the direction of Susan Lindquist, a nationally known and award-winning scientist. T
he most important lesson SEM imparts to its students is the determination and belief that women really can do anything. Graduates of the class of '04 are proof of the school's influence. Two are enrolled in medical school, one is completing a biostatistics master's program, and two others are applying to Ph.D. programs. If that is not proof that SEM girls believe that they can do whatever they desire, I'm not sure what is!
All of my life I have had the privilege of affiliating myself with fantastic educational institutions - Buffalo Seminary, Yale, MIT - but I will always consider myself to be, first and foremost, a SEM girl.