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Alissa Neff


Orchard Lake, MI
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Because physics explains everything!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
At first I liked physics because it was all very logical and easy for me to grasp. However, now that I have taken more physics I really appreciate the lateral thinking that is required. 

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Use the MPC!!!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I have always loved stargazing and it's fascinating having a basic understanding of everything I'm looking at.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I have learned here at K is how to express my views and opinions.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class was Biophysics with Dr. McDowell. Since this class is open to basically anyone who has taken a biology or physics course, there were a lot of different views which made discussions very interesting.

What is your SIP?
For my SIP I am studying different teaching methods for introductory physics with a focus on the teaching style used here at Kalamazoo College.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K, I plan to go to grad school and get my PhD in physics. From there I would like to either do research in particle physics or become a physics teacher.

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