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Meet an incoming first-year Science student


Thalia Pearce is one of more than 1,000 incoming first-year students slated to begin their Purdue College of Science careers on Aug. 24. It will be the largest freshmen class in years. A West Point, Indiana, native, Pearce will enter a historic Chemistry Education program with much enthusiasm.

Question: What made you choose Purdue?

Answer: First of all, I live about 20 minutes away from campus, so it's always nice to be close to home. I know a lot of people who have gone to Purdue and loved/are loving it. There's also the fact that they have a really good program for my current major.

Thalia Pearce
Thalia Pearce

Q: What made you choose chemistry? Why does that field interest you?

A: My mom's been a chemical engineer since before I was born, so I was always surrounded by chemistry growing up. It seemed like such a fascinating field and when I took my first real chemistry class in high school, it sealed the deal. So many things in day-to-day life are only possible because of chemical reactions, and I really love learning exactly how and why those reactions work.

Q: What impressed you the most about the Purdue chemistry program?

A: Looking at some of the classes I'd be taking, I was amazed at just how extensive the program was. They also have a ton of opportunities for research and I'm really looking forward to that.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Purdue Chemistry?

A: Good grades, good friends, and a greater understanding of how the world works.

Q: What research interests do you have?

A: Anything and everything! I'm eager to work toward improving life wherever and whenever the opportunity arises. Right now, however, biochemistry sounds particularly interesting; developing new medicines is something I'd love to be a part of.

Q: What career goals do you have?

A: Chemistry teacher, definitely. I love chemistry and I love teaching others new things. STEM teachers are becoming incredibly vital to education, and I'd like to be able to inspire kids to go into the field of chemistry by giving them a strong foundation and showing them just how amazing and important chemistry is.

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