Q&A with biochemistry student Lilinoe McCanna

From Spokane and a proud graduate of Mead Senior High School, Lilinoe McCanna will be graduating from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May with a degree in biochemistry. Following graduation, Lilinoe will be heading to Pacific University where she will study to become an optometrist.

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

Having knowledgeable and friendly pre-health advisors helped me on my path to optometry school and being at a university with so many opportunities for research, leadership, and learning helped me home in on what I am interested in and what I want to pursue as a future career.  

What’s your favorite place at WSU?

My favorite place at WSU would have to be the library. It is my go-to study spot for almost every exam I have!

What’s your favorite course you’ve taken at WSU?

I have been fortunate to really enjoy my classes here. Seeing overlap of content/ideas between different areas as well as the opportunity to create relationships with my classmates through the use of study groups really deepens my learning and understanding of each subject. Some of my favorites include Organic Chemistry II with Dr. Joseph and Biochemistry I and II with Dr. Gloss and Dr. MacLean. 

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

In the fall, I am attending Pacific University College of Optometry to become an optometrist.  

Do you have a job or work in a lab or somewhere else?

I work in the general chemistry stockroom and help make solutions and other reagents to set up for labs each week.

What are some of your favorite things?

I love hikes during wildflower season, crocheting, and nerd gummy clusters. 

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

I can’t roll my Rs because I have a tongue tie!