WHY DID YOU ENROLL IN INTEGRATED SCIENCE?
As your typical ambitious Princeton freshman and a student with a love for science I wanted to take the most difficult and fulfilling science sequence offered to freshmen. ISC fit that description. However what kept me was the wonderful possibilities that an integrated approach to answer challenging and interesting problems and questions offers me.
WHAT WAS THE ISC FRESHMAN SEQUENCE (ISC231-234) LIKE FOR YOU?
No way around it, ISC was the most difficult course I have ever taken. ISC was a great way for me to determine both my strengths and weaknesses, and how to identify and address those weaknesses. It stretched me and forced me to grow in new ways that I am incredibly thankful for. For me ISC was a great opportunity to both find my academic self and grow as an individual.
HOW HAVE THE COURSES BENEFITED YOU ACADEMICALLY, AND HAS IT MADE YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOU GRADUATE?
Academically ISC exposed me to numerous new ways to think, approach scientific questions, and problem solve. While ISC has not changed what I want to do after I graduate (medical research) it has changed my approach. Where originally I focused purely on a biological viewpoint I have now gained an appreciation for a more integrated viewpoint when solving problems. ISC helped prepare me for the rest of my time at Princeton and exposed me to new scientific fields and ways of thinking I would not have otherwise been exposed to had I followed a traditional biology path.
HOW DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH THE VARIOUS INTEGRATED SCIENCE FACULTY AND STAFF?
The Faculty and staff have been amazing and are truly dedicated to their teaching and raising a new generation of highly scientifically literate individuals. ISC's small class size has made it incredibly easy to reach out to and seek help from professors and laboratory staff.
WHAT IS IT LIKE GOING THROUGH INTEGRATED SCIENCE WITH A CLOSE COHORT OF STUDENT PEERS?
I have always learned best when I can bounce ideas off other students. ISC helped me both realize and take advantage of that. Working with a close cohort of peers with a similar love and appreciation for science has made it very easy to stay motivated and intrigued when tackling new and challenging topics.