Q&A with neuroscience student Olivia Mohn

From Edmonds, Washington, and a graduate of Holy Names Academy in Seattle, Oliva Mohn is putting the final touches on her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from WSUs College of Veterinary Medicine. When she wraps up her studies in May, she will also graduate from the Honors College with a MESI certification.

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

Over the last four years at WSU, I have learned so many valuable skills that have prepared me for my future. I’ve learned to juggle my academics, work, community engagement, and all of life’s unexpected hurdles, all while fitting in some fun along the way. I feel lucky to have learned from so many amazing professors and faculty members throughout my four years who have not only encouraged my academic growth but have taught me resilience, adaptability, and professionalism. The community at WSU, especially within the neuroscience program and honors college, has pushed me to become the best version of myself inside and outside of the classroom.

What’s your favorite thing about WSU?

My favorite thing about WSU is the campus, especially during the warmer months. I love walking around campus on a sunny day when it’s full of students.

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

Within the neuroscience program, a few of my favorite classes have been Foundations of Neuroscience II taught by Dr. Fuchs, Cellular Neurobiology taught by Drs. Varnum and Wayman, and our senior capstone, taught by Dr. Gizerian.

Within the Honors College, my favorite classes have been Honors 390: Global Issues in the Sciences taught by Dr. Quock, Honors 290: Science as a Way of Knowing taught by Dr. Makin, and Honors 201: A MESI Mindfulness Workshop class, taught by Dr. Bond.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? 

After graduation, I plan on joining the research field and continuing to learn and grow as a young professional. I hope that as I begin my career, I will continue to advance my knowledge and education in the subjects that I am most passionate about, like neurodegenerative disease research and public health, specifically maternal and child health outcomes.

Have you had a job while you’ve been at WSU?

I work at Crybaby Café at the Adams Mall on College Hill as a barista, bartender, and food server. Come grab a drink and join us on our patio!

What are some of your favorite things to do?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends. My favorite hobby is cooking, but I also enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time outside. 

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

I have five siblings!    

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