At a young age, my father, a high school biology teacher, gave lectures to my siblings and me on all things scientific. Despite the rest of the kids’ rejection, he pressed on and instilled a love of science and desire to learn within me. Therefore, a pursuit of this field is a natural progression. In service of this goal, I am currently a freshman Biology major at Dakota State University. Though my exact direction in science remains to be decided, I hope to bring my experience and enthusiasm to this fascinating project and search for something entirely novel. When I’m not working in the microbiology lab, I press flowers, read short stories, and engage in massively multiple online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Maybe someday, I’ll actually get to taste the pumpkin!