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Maria Fujii

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Major: Chemistry
Concentration: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Study Abroad: San José, Costa Rica
Best Adjective to Describe You: Curious

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
They are so friendly and encouraging! Everyone wants you to succeed and will do whatever they can to help.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Don’t wait! The chemistry department has SO many opportunities to offer. As the DSA, I would love to help you take advantage of them!

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
There will ALWAYS be so much that you don’t know, and that’s fine! What’s important is that you never stop trying to learn.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My first-year seminar; the environment was honest and encouraging and my classmates felt like family. I’m proud of how much I grew as both a student and a person during this course!

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
The open curriculum encourages me to stay curious and take classes outside of the sciences, which I love! I’ve probably taken at least one class in almost every discipline.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I mentored a girl at Northglade, a local elementary school, for the past 2 years and loved it! I also served as a peer leader for 2 years and it was an extremely rewarding experience as well.

What is your SIP?
I worked with experimental antimicrobial peptides based on those already found in nature that could possibly be used as antibiotics in the future.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to attend graduate school after taking a gap year to do something fun and exciting (but still productive!). 

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