"Philosophy is an enhancer to your thinking process, allowing you to become a strong critical thinker, and biology tests your ability to understand and retain complex concepts," she says.
"Double majoring in two intensive fields-especially at a school like Susquehanna with small class sizes and personal attention from professors-will help me in terms of research experience, internships and planning for my future, hopefully assisting me in focusing what I would like to do," she adds.
During her first year, Tolin shadowed ecology major Shannon Wood '16 as she did her senior research on the effect of depth of Japanese Knotweed in the water on its growth.
"I am so grateful that Susquehanna provides us with the opportunity to experience research at such an early stage in our educational career," she says.
Tolin now works alongside Professor of Biology Jack Holt researching the ecology of algae and relationships between water quality and algal communities in nearby natural water sources. "It has been an amazing experience. I've learned very valuable information about laboratory and research lab procedures, as well as field work processes and lab techniques that I will most definitely be able to use in my future," she shares.
Eager to attend medical school after graduation, Tolin volunteers at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pa., and plans to shadow a physician this summer. She'll be attending surgeries and gaining firsthand experience of what it's like to work in the medical field.