I became an MMG major halfway through my freshman year. I found it was a great choice when I decided I wanted to do something more focused than Biology. The classes were very useful, teaching a variety of important techniques and concepts. I definitely learned a lot from both my lectures and labs. Concepts would often build on each other. Things that I briefly touched on in earlier classes would be explained more during later classes from a different, more detailed perspective. Advising, whether from my advisor or teacher, was also helpful, and my teachers were always available if I needed advice about something. There are many opportunities for research, which I was able to get involved in during my junior year and which I think is vital to many life sciences majors.
Xiaoli obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology in China. Currently she is working in Dr. Keith Mintz's lab as a postdoc, focusing her research work on the morphogenesis protein (MorC) of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.