I chose Valpo because I wanted a very good education close to home and with research, I feel like I’m doing research right in my own backyard. I love learning. Learning is what I enjoy and research is definitely a pathway that I have used to learn. My research focuses on oviposition of blowflies. Which in other words is what time of day blowflies lay their eggs. I love everything about research. I love being hands on, being able to be trusted with what I’m doing and just being completely immersed, and getting that experience. Once I entered research I found a way to not only be open to other people’s ideas, but to learn from other people and collaboration has definitely been one of the key parts of me growing as a researcher.