Lydia Marcus

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Saint Paul, MN

The Story

scholarships i received

  • Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Kuyper Honors Program Grant
  • Student Publication scholarship
  • Alumni Association Scholarship

favorite spot on campus

Either the chairs by the bio/chem professor offices or the prairie.

favorite class

Cancer Biology or Microbiology

a concept that blew my mind

That trees can communicate with each other via mycorrhiza.

cool things i did at dordt

Studying in England for a semester was a highlight of my time as an undergrad. I also enjoyed writing for the Diamond, working in the costume shop, starting the Science and Faith Club, working for the Advancement Office, working as a bio department TA, and doing research in the summer.

obstacles i've overcome

As an underclassman, I struggled to reconcile my faith and science. With the help of Dordt faculty, I've largely come to terms with the relationship between those two entities.
I've also made headway toward overcoming my moderate-to-severe soft-spoken-ness enough that I can give a good oral presentations. :)

who i was when i came to dordt

When I first arrived at Dordt, I was very quiet, very reserved, very insecure, and very timid.

how dordt impacted me

Dordt undoubtedly impacted who I've become. At Dordt, I became a more joyful person. I began to see that I might have something worthwhile to contribute to the world. I learned that, in most instances, if I work hard, I am capable of doing and learning challenging things. I've become less timid. I've become more hopeful. I've become more excited about contributing to the Kingdom of God in a small way. And, I've become a biologist.

where i am now

Right after I graduated, I worked as an environmental chemistry lab tech for three-quarters of a year. This wasn't strictly speaking in my field of study, but my science courses had equipped me to do the job well. I wanted to gain skills as a researcher, and do slightly more engaging work, so I applied to master's of public health programs in epidemiology.

I am now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing my master's of public health. (Updated 2/25/2019)

what i would tell prospective students

At Dordt, the faculty and staff will take good care of you. They are supportive and wise, and you'll learn a lot about what it looks like to live Christianly by observing them.

how dordt helped me do more

I had so many doors opened to me at Dordt. I could present at national conferences, do undergraduate research, start a club, write some (admittedly humble) literature reviews, be a TA. Though I was sometimes too timid to volunteer for these opportunities, the faculty encouraged me and supported me. And, at least in part because I had the privilege of doing this array of things as an undergrad, my grad school offered me a research job and good scholarships. That's fairly uncommon for a first-year master's student. Now, I get to work on a massive study that's seeking to serve a currently under-served population--young women (particularly African American women) with breast cancer-- by expanding our understanding of what factors put them at risk of developing breast cancer. Dordt equipped me with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to contribute to the field of public health.