Q&A with microbiology student Katherine Callender

Katherine on the WSU "Butch" statue outside Martin Stadium.

When Katherine Callender graduates this spring with a degree in microbiology, the Poulsbo, Washington, native hopes to find a position as a medical scribe and eventually apply to medical school.

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

WSU has helped me to improve my communication and time management skills. During my first semester, WSU gave out free books on time management and how to succeed by doing things like sitting in the front of the class, not being afraid to ask a question when you have one, and keeping to a schedule. During freshman year, I was struggling in my classes and decided to follow the advice. I learned how to better form questions, make a schedule, and how to have discipline with it by rewarding myself at the end of the day with a free few hours to myself.

What’s your place at WSU?

My favorite place on campus is Owens Library. It’s a fantastic and cozy place to study and focus. The staff there is very nice and the books and resources there are helpful to my major. It was overall a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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

My favorite course was MBios 305 with Dr. Phil Mixter. His class was difficult, but it prepared me for upper-level classes the most.

What’s one of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy baking as it is an immense stress reliever for me.

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is I like cupcakes.