Q&A with biochemistry student Michaela Tyler

Michaela Tyler has her eyes set on earning a doctorate in pharmacy and becoming a cardiology pharmacist. From Gig Harbor, Washington, Michaela is currently pursuing a biochemistry degree and will graduate this December.

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

WSU has prepared me for the future by creating a more collaborative and inclusive environment. I now feel that I have gained confidence from my experiences here are WSU and I know I will carry that into my career!

What’s your favorite thing about WSU?

My favorite thing about WSU is the school spirit, and I know no matter what I have my cougar family behind me!

What has been your favorite course at WSU?

I have two favorite courses that I have taken at WSU. The first is CHEM 345 with Dr. Cliff Berkman. I absolutely loved this course, and it started my interest in pharmacy! My other favorite course is the MBIOS 413/414 biochemistry class series taught by Dr. James MacLean and Dr. Erika Offerdahl. This series incorporates most of the major concepts I will be using throughout my career. I also loved the way both professors organized their classrooms to be more team-based.

Do you have a job or work in lab?

Currently, I am one of the TA supervisors for Chemistry 103. I organize the material that is delivered in the tutorial sections and help manage other TAs for the course. I also TA for two of the tutorial sections and hold office hours.

What is one of your favorite things to do?

One of my favorite things is reading. I love a good fall day where it’s cold and gloomy, so I can curl up on the couch with a book!

What is a unique fun fact about you?

A unique fun fact about me is that I went to nursing school before changing to pre-pharmacy in Pennsylvania.