Feature Friday: Holly McQuinthey

Meet Holly McQuinthey, a senior clinical laboratory science major with a concentration in cytogenetics. Holly has worked as Supplemental Instructor in BIO 110 since fall 2016.

Holly says she decided to tutor for this class because she enjoys teaching students about the intricacies of biochemistry, genetics, and cancer.

I love working with students in this class because it gives me a chance to encourage them in the very first biology class to keep going. Many students feel they can’t make it or they aren’t doing as well as they think they should (which is how I felt when I took this course), but I love being able to encourage them to persevere,” she says.

Holly says her work as an SI has helped her better understand the fundamentals of biology and develop her teaching skills.

I have learned through HSC that every student is different and while it’s true that not every student learns the same, we still have resources to reach every student and make sure they have the resources they need to succeed,” she says.

If there’s one piece of advice she could give to students, it would be to not cram the night before an exam or an assignment is due.

“We always think we can do a great job if we do the bare minimum, but that’s not the case,” Holly says. “All that does is stress you out and make your work seem inferior. Just pace yourself, ask questions, get help, and a good portion of the stress you have in college will be alleviated.”

Holly will graduate from EMU after she completes her internship at Henry Ford Hospital. After graduation she hopes to attend Wayne State University to pursue a PhD in either immunology, microbiology, or molecular/cancer biology. Ultimately, she hopes to either work in a teaching hospital or work in higher education.

I chose this major because I love working in the lab and diagnosing human issues at the molecular level,” she says.

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