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September 23, 2022

Student Spotlight: Autumn Dillow’23 (Biology)

“I feel that I have a better sense of who I am and who I want to be thanks to my time at Roberts.”

Autumn Dillow is a wonderful example of academic, spiritual, and extracurricular excellence at Roberts. She is the Student Body President for the academic year 2022-23, the co-founder of the Medical Club, and the captain of the Junior Varsity women’s soccer team.

Autumn Dillow

What’s one of your favorite memories as the JVW Soccer Captain?

This will be my fourth year playing on the JV Women’s soccer team at Roberts, and I’m so grateful for the memories and the amazing people that I have met.

Some of my favorite memories are the team bonding spaghetti dinners, breakfasts, and movie nights, or when my dad drove from my home state New Hampshire to surprise me at my very first Roberts soccer game!


What’s it like being the Student Body President?

So far, my experience serving as the Student Body President has been extremely rewarding.

One of my favorite things so far was training week in August with my 2022-2023 SALT team and running different events for New Student Orientation. It was busy and a lot of work, but I’m so proud of my team’s adaptability and work ethic.

I’m very excited to serve as a voice for the student body and collaborate with other student leaders and administration to help make this year at Roberts the best one yet!

Autumn Dillow Quote

What do you see yourself doing as a career?

After graduating from Roberts, I will be applying to different programs to become a Physician Assistant (PA). My goal is to specialize in cardiothoracic surgery.

How will your Roberts education help you reach those goals?

Over the past four years, I have been able to cultivate meaningful relationships with my peers and my professors which has deeply impacted my passion for learning and becoming a PA.

I think that the unique opportunities to connect personally with both students and staff have not only allowed me to grow more in my knowledge of science but also my passion for servant leadership in my future profession.

How has Roberts impacted your spiritual journey?

Being surrounded by people that encourage and walk with me in my faith has helped me grow. I have learned so much about myself, about God, and about how to form Godly relationships.

I feel that I have a better sense of who I am and who I want to be, thanks to my time at Roberts.

What is the best thing about studying your major?

I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I believe there is a general consensus that biology is a difficult subject to study. The challenges of my major actually allowed me to develop long-lasting friendships as my friends and I helped each other through the late nights studying, venting about school, stress-snacking, sharing study tips, etc.

On top of that, I love my major because I’m just a major science nerd in general and love learning about God’s creations.

Who is your favorite professor and what’s one way they’ve helped you?

Rachel Graham! Her excitement about science is contagious. She gave me my passion for microbiology and taught me to never stop learning.

What is your favorite thing about Rochester?

I love visiting the public market, cute cafes like Java’s or Boulder Coffee Co., and the different shops and restaurants on Park Ave!

Faculty Feedback

Jason Taylor

"Autumn is a tremendous student that is an absolute joy to have in our program! She has successfully integrated her love for both Spanish and biology into her academic studies at Roberts, all while being extremely active in student life and playing soccer."

"Autumn's strong leadership skills, service-oriented skillset, reflective nature, and academic drive will undoubtedly allow her to find great success in the healthcare field upon graduation from Roberts."

-Jason Taylor, Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences; Chair, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences; Professor of Chemistry

Rachel Graham

"Autumn has always impressed me with her ambition, motivation and initiative as well as her commitment to academic success. She has always been reliable and organized. We appreciate her in many ways!"

-Rachel Graham, Instructor of Biology, Biology Lab Coordinator


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