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PSS Spring '09 - The Houghton House Renaissance

PARALLELS

Dr. Carol Pappas '71

Dr. Carol Pappas '94
  • Graduated cum laude in biology
  • Neurologist
  • Expert in cases involving Parkinson's disease

Why did you want to go into medicine?
I was working on my Ph.D. in Physiology and realized I was missing the human touch (the monkeys didn't talk back!!).

How does working in a real practice or hospital differ from what you see on TV?
I don't think TV ever touches on "the business" of it all.

What is the most interesting thing about the brain?
Is the brain capable of understanding the brain? I'm not sure of the answer, but it must border on the metaphysical.

Knowledge is ...?
FUN!!!!

Why did you select William Smith?
The campus was beautiful, small and not too far away from home.

What's the best meal you've ever had?
Squid pasta at Corte Sconta in Venice, Italy.

What quality do you most value in your friends?
Fun, laughter, steadfastness.

What's your favorite pastime?
Tennis, travel and my dogs (Monty, Phoenix and Spirit).

What's the best part of tackling a new project?
The excitement of getting started and not knowing where it will end.

What is the most valuable thing you own?
My health.

If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be?
Creative writing.

Christina Kinnevey '09

Christina Kinnevey '09
  • Majoring in biology
  • Pre-med
  • Received a 2007 Salisbury International Stipend to work in Peru
  • Hopes to serve AmeriCorps after graduation

Why do you want to go into medicine?
I love the interaction with people. Someday, I want to lead medical mission trips.

How does working in a real practice or hospital differ from what you see on TV?
TV doesn't truly capture the pain, sorrow and compassion.

What is the most interesting thing about the brain?
Its incredible ability to store memories. The smallest sensory input can trigger a vivid memory.

Knowledge is ...?
Understanding gained from experience or study.

Why did you select William Smith?
The sense of community, emphasis on service and strong pre-med program.

What's the best meal you've ever had?
The home cooked meals my mom and grandma make.

What quality do you most value in your friends?
Positive energy.

What's your favorite pastime?
I love to scrapbook.

What's the best part of tackling a new project?
The initial energy as creative juices are flowing and you envision the great outcome.

What is the most valuable thing you own?
A book of my late-father's childhood memories and advice.

If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be?
A combination of philosophy, ethics and religious studies.