Before committing to Kenyon, Imani Rucker ’23 sat in on a class taught by Assistant Professor of Biology Arianna Smith. “I remember being really blown away,” Smith recalled of Rucker. “She was just there to be engaged. She struck me as someone who was really prepared [for college], but more so, was hungry to be there.”
For Rucker, it was a chance to see her favorite subject taught at the collegiate level, and to take part in a conversation with her future classmates. Though her biology work in high school well acquainted her with conducting research in a lab setting, science at Kenyon was upping the intensity.
Majoring in science would challenge Rucker to explore different and oftentimes unfamiliar aspects of biology and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses. “I love science, but science is heavy,” Rucker said. “Everything is not going to come second nature, especially when you’re talking about thinking about things that our natural eyes don’t always lay on.”