Sarah Phelan, Biology
Share a bit about your personal testimony of faith.
I grew up in a Christian home and was saved when I was around 6 or 7. However, I think I would describe myself as, in many respects, a lukewarm Christian. I knew that I was saved, but there was no real relationship between God and myself. Right after I turned 16, I attended a week long teen session at a camp that I had been involved with since I was 9. One night, the speakers challenged us to make a decision; either make every effort to live like a Christian and develop a real relationship with God, or walk away. Thankfully, I accepted that challenge. Although I have failed many, many times I have never regretted that decision, and I am thankful that God has given me the strength to keep on trying.
How has your faith been strengthened while at Roberts?
My faith has been drastically changed since I have been here. My favorite example of this is the time that I spent in my Physiology class. The minor details that are vital for our bodies to function completely blew my mind. What I learned in that class, and many other science classes here at Roberts, helped solidify in my mind how amazing God truly is.
What are the pros for attending Roberts, especially as a math or science major?
Well, for starters, it is super fun! Particularly within the Math and Science Department, we do a bunch of fun activities together throughout the semester; such as picnics, Mole Day and Anatomically Correct Valentine’s Day parties, and Faith and Science luncheons. The classes that I have taken at Roberts have been presented in interesting, yet clear, ways that have really helped me understand the material. The small class sizes and professors who are always willing to help you have both proven to be additional blessings.
What is your major and what are looking to do in the future?
I am a Biology major here at Roberts. As for the second half of that question, the answer is much less cut and dry. I am fairly confident that I would like to pursue a career in the healthcare/medical field, but throughout my college career I have become interested in more and more areas. At this point, I am just exploring different ideas that fall within my interests and trying to narrow down my list to just one!
What are the top 3 things you like best about the department?
- Awesome professors.
- Wide variety of classes.
- Close-knit community.
How have you benefited from the faculty in the department?
We have pretty great professors here at Roberts, and the ones that I have met in the Math and Science have been true blessings. Each professor has office hours throughout the week where students can come ask questions. Generally speaking, if their door is open that means they are willing to answer questions and even just talk. The professors here in the Math and Science department have shown to be interested in the students as a whole person, and not just the academic aspects of their life.
What would you say or suggest to a prospective student?
Don’t stress about being unsure about things in your life. You may not know where you want to go to college, what you want to major in, or what you want to do with your life. Pray about it, be willing to work hard, look into things you’re interested in, and never tell yourself that you can’t go somewhere you want to go or do something you want to do because you don’t think you’re good enough.