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Kalamazoo College

Mike Faust

Philadelphia, PA
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Cookies n’ Cream
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
You’ll be surrounded by amazing people who share your interests and have similar career goals.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
The professors are incredibly friendly, and sincerely care about my education. This makes going to class much more enjoyable.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Hang in there! It’s a tough journey, but it’s worth it in the end!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Your body constantly undergoes chemical processes, and as a football player I am very interested in how the body chemically responds to various foods, supplements, medicines, and biological/physical stresses.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned to be more accepting towards others.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Introduction to Creative Writing and Intermediate Fiction Workshop were my two favorite classes. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and having the opportunity to share my work with others was very constructive and enjoyable for me. We also had the opportunity to explore some great pieces of literature!

What is your SIP?
My SIP deals with the metabolic effects of S-nitrosylation of enzymes, specifically with how the oxidation of fatty acids is impacted.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to attend grad school and get my PhD.

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