Alejandro Genis, a 2016 graduate with a molecular biology and biochemistry major from Elkhart, Indiana, has a diverse set of interests: golf, violin and animal research.
What do you like the most about Goshen and why?
I love the size of GC! It has a small number of students, but the campus feels full of people and there is always something to do. The community at Goshen is amazing as well. I’ve never been as close to professors or been treated as kindly by so many people as I have at GC.
Why did you choose to come to Goshen College?
After visiting the school and realizing how strong the biology program was, I was sure Goshen was the school I wanted to attend. The deal closer was when I got an invitation to be part of the SALT (Summer Academic Leadership Training) program. I was born in Mexico, and I think what Goshen College is doing for the Hispanic community is great.
What was your experience on SST in Peru?
Study-Service Term (SST) was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was incredible to have the chance to live in a different country and experience a different culture for three months. Seeing a different corner of the world is an opportunity nobody should pass up. The things I had the chance to do have created life-long memories. I made friendships, and most importantly, I extended my family to another part of the world
How has Goshen College influenced your faith or worldview?
I have never been too religious, but being at GC has definitely opened up my faith. My biology professors, especially Ryan Sensenig, have helped to make me more aware of how I can love science and still fully appreciate my faith.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I am currently torn between two careers. I have loved animals since I was a young boy, so I would like to work with animals and do research, focusing on mammals. The other option I am deeply interested in is going to optometry school.
What advice would you give to a prospective student?
Do everything possible to live on campus at least one year. It’s a great opportunity to make friends! If that’s not possible and you commute, do everything you can to get involved in campus activities. Also, remember to get enough sleep.