Patrick S.

Ambassador at Emory University

Class of 2022

Hometown: Great Neck, NY

Major: Chemistry

What is your favorite Emory tradition?

If I had to pick one Emory tradition, I would choose the Farmer's Market. This is one of the more underrated events here at Emory since it happens every Tuesday from 11 am- 3 pm. From a typical student's perspective, it is a "marketplace" for Emory students to buy their fruits & vegetables. To me, I see the value behind all of the organic produce that local Atlanta vendors bring to educate students on the harmful nature of GMO's. The mission statement behind the farmer's market lies in the sustainability culture that so many college students are unaware about. At Emory, we pride ourselves on the sustainability of our campus and the farmer's market is one of the most impactful resources that has helped elevated our green status to where it is today. As a fun fact, you can also buy street food ranging from mediterranean to cuban dishes coupled with a cool refresher like bubble tea as an alternative lunch option!

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is...

I absolutely love venturing out into midtown and walking down the streets looking for new restaurants to eat at. I am a huge foodie and I am always down to go on an adventure with friends to find hidden gems around the city. I also really enjoy Piedmont Park and the various annual events that happen in the city from the corgi/golden retriever gatherings to music midtown to the social justice rallies.

What has been your most impactful class?

Throughout my time so far at Emory, the most impactful class has been General Chemistry 150 with Professor Soria. He is my current aspiration for being a chemistry major and has really taught me to love the subject more than I already have. I find it amazing that he was able to balance teaching such an intensive course load and have fun with the students by cracking lighthearted jokes at the same time. I was especially intrigued by his teaching method- the Socratic Method. I had never thought of using experimental evidence to prove the existence of double bonds and other resonance structures. It brought a new light to chemistry that I had never seen before and further ensured my passion for it. Over the year, we developed an especially close relationship as he eventually offered to become my major advisor and I started to frequent his office more for coffee talk. Because of this class, I realized my passion for chemistry as a whole and not just the grades; thus, I also recognized that my grades were a reflection of the desire for knowledge and would ultimately pay off in the long run- a realization that I've never gotten from a class until now.

On a random day, you're most likely to find me….

I am probably either with my friends socializing, playing video games in my room, studying in the new Emory Student Center, sleeping in my bed, or giving a tour to excited prospective families.

I'm passionate about...

Social Justice Volunteering with animals Opera Languages Video Games Giving Tours Sleeping Cooking Singing Guitar

I'm involved with...

Biochemistry Research ChEmory Residence Life Emory Suri
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