Job title: 
L&S Mentor


Christine graduated from Towson University in Baltimore with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Molecular Microbiology. In Fall 2019, Christine began her PhD program at UC Berkeley in the department of Plant & Microbial Biology where she studies metabolism in non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTMs).
Mentoring interests:
- STEM students
- Applying to graduate school
- Managing imposter syndrome
- Choosing a major
What’s one thing you wish you knew as an undergrad?
There’s an incredible pressure—from parents, from the community, from the self—to choose a major early and dive into it. I wish I’d spent a bit more time exploring the classes offered outside of my field and even tried some way outside my wheelhouse. When choosing a major it’s easy to feel railroaded by expectations and a time limit. The best way to feel fulfilled in your major is to first sample your options!
What do you enjoy talking about with undergrads?
Academically, I really enjoy learning about students’ interests and strategizing ways to combine them into a major (or majors)! I’ve found it helpful at every stage of my career to talk through my thoughts and hesitations with mentors, friends, and family. On a more personal note, I’m a huge proponent of building in breaks to balance out the high stress of a degree. That can look like physically stepping away from your work, prioritizing non-academic pursuits, or setting up regular check-ins with a friend or mentor. Through my PhD and especially during the pandemic, I’ve learned that self care plays a critical role in our success as students and members of our communities.