How would you describe your personality?

I would describe myself as passionate, funny, hardworking, curious, meticulous, and kind.

What about the chemistry major appeals to you?

I have always been a curious person who loves to know how things work. Chemistry gives me the opportunity to understand the world around me at the molecular scale. Majoring in chemistry allows me to explore the insights of the universe and fulfill my passion for knowledge.

How do you think your personality traits prepare you to succeed in the chemistry classroom and beyond?

Because chemistry is such a versatile science, there are many areas to learn about, which can be challenging, but my passion keeps me motivated to continue learning. When I work on something in the lab, I pay attention to every detail, trying to be as exact as possible; this helps me to collect clear data and form a solid understanding of concepts. My curiosity keeps me continually questioning everything I am told. Before I accept something as a fact, I need to understand it.

In an internship I did for a pharmaceutical company, I produced good data and made a large impact on their projects. These traits have even allowed me to get into a graduate school to study chemistry further. I would say chemistry is the perfect major for those who want to continue learning beyond the classroom and are passionate for discovering the meaning behind everyday events.

Joshua Paolillo

Senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in chemistry

Chemistry gives me the opportunity to understand the world around me at the molecular scale. Majoring in chemistry allows me to explore the insights of the universe and fulfill my passion for knowledge.