Sarina M.

at Emory University


Class of 2022

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Major: English and Creative Writing

What is your favorite Emory tradition?

One of my favorite Emory traditions is definitely "Dooley's Week." This is a few days in the Spring semester in which the Emory community celebrates our school spirit, and there are lots of quirky traditions that pop up. For example, Dooley the skeleton, our unofficial mascot who has been around since 1899, walks around campus with her body guards. Dooley has the ability to dismiss a class if professors cannot pass a series of Emory trivia questions. My first-year, two of my classes were dismissed in the same week! The professors were both good sports about it, and it was fun to see them engage with the traditions of the study body.

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is...

To explore the museums and touristy sites! I am a big fan of museums, aquariums, and public parks. Through the MARTA public transportation system in Atlanta, I have been able to go sightseeing with my friends, and I'm happy to say that I've checked all three of those things off my ATL bucket list! My favorite memory in Atlanta is getting dressed up and going to an event at the High Museum of Art. On some Friday evenings, the museum hosts jazz musicians that can be heard throughout all the art exhibits. My friends and I joked that it felt like stepping into a scene in a spy movie. It was a great way to bond with my friends and to venture off the Emory campus to experience Atlanta.

What has been your most impactful class?

I'm incredibly lucky to be able to say that it's challenging for me to pick one favorite class! One of my favorites happens to be a general education requirement, the first-year seminar. Mine was called 50 Shades of Grey's Anatomy, taught by the professor of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (CVA). As you might gather from the course's title, the professor had a great sense of humor, and she was incredibly engaging as she introduced us to some of the topics covered in CVA, which is an upper level course. I came into Emory as a Creative Writing major, and that seminar class helped me realize that having backgrounds both in STEM and the humanities compliment one another. I discovered that I have a passion for exploring the intersection between subjects, and that class was one of many opportunities to cultivate my interdisciplinary interests.

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

Sitting outside on one of the public benches! When the sun is out, I love going outside to read or do schoolwork. I like to sit outside my residence hall, and since I live in almost the center of campus, I often get to say "hi" to hallmates and other peers as they finish classes for the day and head home.

I'm passionate about...

Interdisciplinary Studies Narrative Medicine Creative writing

I'm involved with...

Emory undergraduate medical review QuestBridge
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