Gabriela, Class of 2017

Biology Major, with a Concentration in Neuroscience

Gabriela knows being involved on campus is more than just a series of meetings and events –it’s a valuable way to network and share ideas with fellow students and professors.

Gabriela knows being involved on campus is more than just a series of meetings and events –it’s a valuable way to network and share ideas with fellow students and professors.

As an Orientation Leader, Student Adjustment Guided Effectively (S.A.G.E.) mentor and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) participant, as well as a member of the Emmanuel College Dance Team, the S/He campus gender-equality club and the Science Living-Learning Community, Gabriela immediately took advantage of the more than 90 clubs, activities and organizations within Emmanuel's varied and vibrant student life program.

"I decided to get involved in so many activities my first year at Emmanuel because getting involved is a great way to meet not only students, but also faculty and staff members who have similar interests as you," she said. "As someone who is trying to be a young and successful professional, networking is essential in order to get to where I want to be in life. Also, I found that my love for Emmanuel grew (which I didn't even think was possible) the more I got involved!"

In her short time at Emmanuel, Gabriela has felt closely connected to two activities in particular--one being the EC Dance Team, which lets her live out a childhood dream stemming from watching hip hop videos, and the other, traveling to Phoenix, Ariz., for Alternative Spring Break.

"My high school and hometown [of Lawrence, Mass.] are committed to community service and helping others," she said. "ASB was one of the best decisions I've made while at Emmanuel because I was able to go to a part of the country that I had never been to before, meet people I wouldn't have met otherwise, form relationships with these people, and help them in their time of need when no one else bothers to give them the time of day. It was such a humbling and rewarding experience."

Despite all of her activities, the biology major and English communication + media studies minor is able to balance her schoolwork with her busy schedule.

"Having so many extracurricular activities on top of my academics has actually helped me be more organized," Gabriela said, noting that she learned to fill the gaps in her day with homework and studying, leaving her evenings free for events and other social activities. The trick to managing all of her commitments and study groups day-to-day is simple and practical, she said.

"If it's not on my phone [calendar], then it's not happening!"

Interested in Neuroscience?

Ever wonder how our minds work? Emmanuel's major in biology with a concentration in neuroscience will put you on a path to answering that question. Students in this multidisciplinary program seek to understand the organization, development and function of the brain and nervous system, while also developing an understanding of the psychological responses these systems perform.

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