Sophie Yanak

Biochemistry

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown/State: Saint Marys, Pennsylvania

High School: Elk County Catholic High School                                                       

Why did you choose Daemen College?

My original major was forensic science, which was offered by very few schools. I was deciding between Daemen and a Pennsylvania school. The staff at Daemen was very welcoming and inviting, making my decision to come to Daemen an easy one!

Why did you choose your present major?

I originally wanted to major in forensic science with the idea of becoming a medical examiner. Knowing I needed to go to medical school for this, some staff members from Daemen encouraged me to look into a major in either biology or biochemistry so that I was eligible for Daemen’s articulation agreement with NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. Now I have decided to pursue a biochemistry major with additional courses to work toward an applied behavioral analyst degree.

Please describe your academic experience at Daemen College.

My professors are always willing to help and devote extra time to make sure that the students understand the material. I am sure that the difficulty of my classes coupled with the additional time spent in order to comprehend the material will pay off as I take my medical entrance exams, start my medical program, and progress throughout my career.

Do you live on campus? Please tell us about your on-campus experiences.

I live in Canavan Hall and I love it! Dorm life is quite different than living at home, where I have my own room with my own full bed. I believe the key to successful and peaceful dorm life is an awesome roommate and great relationships with your suite mates!

What do you like best about Daemen?

My favorite thing about Daemen is the RIC. I like how my friends and I can study in large booths, group study rooms, or on beanbags! Daemen makes it easy for students to find a place to study quietly, collaborate with friends on a project, or take a nap, all of which are necessary at some point!

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to attend medical school. I will specialize in gerontology with a special focus concerning hospice care. I previously worked with a community nurses group in my hometown as a caregiver for people who wished to stay in their homes but could not completely take care of themselves. These women and men I helped take care of have inspired me to pursue gerontology and hospice as a career so I can use my education in order to improve and continue home health care.