Lopez Jimenez is graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences. Her plan after graduation is to grow her work experience in the lab setting, with a focus in clinical, research and criminal investigation labs. In the future she plans on attending graduate school to further her education. Although she is unsure of what exactly she would like to do, she knows that it will be in a field that can help contribute to her community, whether as a physical therapist, physician assistant, forensic scientist or biological scientist.

"I hope that what I choose as my career will inspire younger generations to pursue a career path they feel passionate about,” she said. 

Question: What motivated you to attend college?

A: My parents could not finish elementary or middle school due to having to support their own families at a young age. That is why I wanted to make my parents proud by attending college as I am their American Dream. Their support and hard work has encouraged me to get so far in life and I wanted them and my siblings to see me succeed as a first-generation college student. 

Q: Are there any individuals who helped guide you through your journey at ASU? 

A: Yes, I would like to thank Orenda Griffin (adviser), Matthew Mena (TA), and Kerry Geiler-Samerotte (assistant professor) for their help and inspiration throughout my college journey.  

Q: What has been your favorite part of being a student at the School of Molecular Sciences?

A: My favorite part of being a student at the School of Molecular Sciences was the fact that I had so many different and amazing opportunities made available to me. They offer many scholarship opportunities to students like myself to help with their educational experience. I also have had a positive experience with advising and was able to develop a professional relationship with my adviser who has helped me during my time at ASU. 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school? 

A: If you have the opportunity to help someone, whether that’s sharing a resource or your wisdom, do it. You never know how much of a difference your generosity and wisdom will have in their life.

Jenny Green contributed to the story. 

Mariela Lozano

Communication assistant, School of Molecular Sciences