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For three years, Don has served as a tutor for the Chemistry Department, including two as head tutor. He notes that professors Anne Glenn and Rob Whitnell were key to his own academic success.
“Inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry have probably been the most difficult classes I’ve had here, but the way Professor Whitnell taught was that we’d only move forward at the pace of our understanding,” Don explains. “We would spend as much time as we needed on certain topics. I think that the depth of understanding we all received by going at that pace really made the class a lot more beneficial and a lot better in terms of how to engage in learning.”
During his time at Guilford, Don has enjoyed pickup soccer games with friends, worked as a residential adviser, and went on trips as part of the Outdoors Club.
He has been accepted into a doctoral chemistry program that’s focused on renewable energy at UNC Chapel Hill. Upon completion, he plans to seek work at a company that produces renewable or solar energy products, an industry he expects to “explode” over the next five or six years.
Don advises aspiring Chemistry academics to spend time building relationships and enjoying leisure time. He gained this perspective during a year that’s been more difficult than most.
“Throughout much of my life, I've placed too much value on achieving academically, and I think this past year, I quickly realized that you have to set aside time to do things that are fun and that bring you closer to other people,” he says. “Science is really cool, but it doesn’t resonate with the humanity that you need by interacting with people.”
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