When neuroscience major Maddie Click wraps up her undergraduate studies at WSU this coming May, it won’t be long before she’s back in the classroom. The Redmond, Washington, plans on returning to school to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience. She will be well prepared for the rigors and expectations, having made the most of her time in Pullman and gaining critical experience in the lab of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience professor Ryan McLaughlin, who is researching how cannabis affects the brain and behavior.  

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

WSU has prepared me for my future by giving me a multitude of opportunities to gain experience in a laboratory environment, communicate with professors who are experts in the field, and collaborate with peers who have similar passions and goals as I do. All of this has made me feel prepared and confident to pursue neuroscience going forward.

What’s your favorite thing about WSU?

My favorite thing about WSU is how close-knit the community is. If I ever have a question or need help on anything, I know I’ll be able to ask anyone without fear of feeling inadequate. I’ve always felt comfortable coming to my professors or TAs for help if I don’t understand something, or if I simply want to learn more about a topic.

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

My favorite course I’ve taken at WSU was Neuroscience 301 with Ryan McLaughlin. This was fall semester 2020, so everything was online and unfamiliar. Nonetheless, the class was extremely engaging and my first introduction into the basics of neuroscience.

Do you have a job or work in a lab?

Fall semester of 2021 I had the opportunity to assist in the McLaughlin lab for a semester. It was my first time in a lab setting and helping out gave me a lot of experience and allowed me to begin to feel more comfortable in a lab. It was an experience I’m very grateful for!

What’s one of your favorite things or favorite hobby?

I like to hike, play guitar, and listen to music in my free time. Since I live in Redmond when I’m not in Pullman, there’s some beautiful hiking spots I love to visit.

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

I have a guinea pig named Tickles!