Erin Heinecke

Hometown: Paris, Missouri

Major and year: Biochemistry, Sophomore

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: CAFNR Student Council Secretary, Biochemistry Club, Sigma Alpha

Personal Pronouns: she/her

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? I wanted to be a CAFNR Ambassador to reach out to students who are in-between in their decision making process. I was one of those kids who didn’t exactly know what she wanted to do. Having a mentor that was older than me who helped lead me in the right direction was the most helpful. If I am able to help students even just a small amount, it is considered a win to me.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? My favorite part of the Biochemistry program is the professors! No matter the size of the classes that I have taken, I have always been able to catch my professors after class for a quick question or even have them explain something to me during office hours. Many of them have rockstar TA’s too! The staff in this program genuinely wants to see you succeed and it is shown by their actions.

Best study spot? 2nd Floor of Ellis Library is the best – super quiet, great for a focused study session!

Best place for a snack or coffee? Starbucks in Memorial Union

Dream career? My dream career is to be a Pediatrician! I love helping people out and have a lot of experience when it comes to younger elementary aged kids!

What do you love about CAFNR? I love the people in CAFNR the most. I am lucky enough to have made such a wide group of friends within classes, clubs and organizations that I am able to see someone I know every day. Finding my people was the most important thing that has happened to be while I have been here.

What advice do you have for incoming students? Trust your gut! Coming from experience, if things are not feeling right in your classes or your major, take that as a sign. Find what you are passionate about and do it! 10 years down the line you do not want to regret what you are doing because you were too afraid to study something different in college.