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Where do you live on campus? Why do you like it?

I live in Olvey-Andis hall on the sustainability floor. I love living in OA because not only is it an incredibly convenient place to live, I have made so many friends through living on the third floor whom I would not have met otherwise.

Tell us about your classes this semester. Which are your favorites and why?

I really like all of my classes but my absolute favorite is my psychology class with Rachael Reavis. She makes intro level psychology so interesting because she utilizes in-class experiments and alternative means of getting the students to learn the material outside of lecturing. In addition Rachael is an incredible professor and she has made the effort to get to know me personally to the point where she sends me opportunities that she thinks I would really enjoy.

Why do you like Earlham?

Earlham is a place where everyone is passionate about something, whether it's academic, social, or athletic, and those passions don't get in the way of friendships. I really like that about Earlham especially because as a golf and lacrosse player I am able to share my love for my sports with people who may know nothing about them. I also get to learn a lot from other people who have passions that I don't know a lot about.

What are your plans for winter/summer break?

As a Bonner scholar I have to complete two summers of service. This year I will be completing my first summer of service back home in New York City with an organization called Harlem Lacrosse. Harlem Lacrosse is a nonprofit that uses lacrosse as a catalyst to get at-risk youth into college. I will be interning there and assisting with their operations while also interacting directly with the youth as a coach college mentor and tutor.

What are your plans post-Earlham?

My main aspiration is to become a psychiatrist. First I want to work at the veterans association to give back to the people who fight for our freedom and are often neglected in our society. Then I would like to pursue a fellowship in forensic psychiatry to learn more about psychiatry's connections and applications in law.

Tell us about an off-campus program you did and what was special about it.

As a first semester freshman I have not been able to take up as many opportunities as other students but luckily my Bonner service has been similar to an internship. I work at Richmond State Hospital the local psychiatric institution here in town. There I work as a classroom assistant where I help recreational therapists with class activities. I interact with patients every time I go to the hospital and it has helped me make sure I want to go into the field of psychiatry.

Anything else?

Thank you so much; I am so immensely thankful for your contribution to my education. I only hope that I can make you proud by making contributions outside of Earlham in the future.

Brittney Kate Chong

Brittney Kate Chong 2021

Hometown: Bayside, New York

Major at Earlham: Neuroscience

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