When Grant McChesney first started his college search, he knew that he wanted a school with an excellent academic reputation, small class sizes, and accessible professors. So he visited some of the best schools in the country that met his criteria: Rice, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Baylor. He admits that he was impressed with them all, but the moment he arrived at Baylor, he realized something was different. "When I stepped onto Baylor's campus, I discovered something beyond what I was looking for," Grant said. "At Baylor I found not only great education opportunities but also an opportunity for a different kind of learning experience. The Baylor experience is one of a kind, it was the only university I looked at that aimed to develop the whole person."
Starting Strong in the Classroom and the Lab
Now that Grant is in the middle of his first college semester, he couldn't picture himself any where else. He is a member of the Triathlon Club, German Club, and is studying Biology. "Biology has always fascinated me because it studies life, the most complex phenomena known" Grant said. "The possibilities are endless in the field of biology. From microbiology to medicine to ecology, Baylor offers the opportunity to study this subject in great facilities and, even more importantly, with a knowledgeable faculty."
Though he is only in his freshman year, Grant is already working with Dr. Adair on the Baylor MRSA research project. "I'm amazed to have the opportunity to participate in research as a freshman," he said. "When I first stepped into the research lab, I knew that was where I wanted to be. Everyday holds a new challenge, but that is what keeps me going." Grant hopes to continue researching during the rest of his college years and says that research opportunities are what makes him thrilled to be a Baylor Biology major.