Brandon, VT native Emily Giddings took straight to the books, and labs, after transferring to Castleton from the University of Vermont in 2014. The enthusiastic Biology major looking to enter the medical field quickly knew Castleton was the right fit, feeling right at home in the small town community.
“I longed for small class sizes and closer relationships with other students and faculty,” said Giddings. “The relationships that you can create at this school have definitely been the most influential part of my education.”
During her time at Castleton Giddings served as the President of the Science Association, which promotes community involvement, and participated in various undergraduate research opportunities. Giddings credits professor such as Dr. Preston Garcia and Dr. Christine Palmer with helping her reach her personal and professional academic goals.
“They each truly care about your education, and hold you to the highest levels of your ability,” she said of her Natural Sciences Department faculty members. “The hands on experience not only broadens your resume, but also gives you an opportunity to practice and refine research skills that will be needed later in your academic career.”
Giddings stays busy on campus by helping others as a tutor in biology, microbiology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Currently, she is studying to take the MCAT in preparation of attending medical school in the near future.
“Castleton has proven to me that no matter what your path may be, any goal is attainable.”