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Thank You, Juniata

Maggie Peck
Maggie Peck ’21 Biology/ Pre-Dentistry POE

As a senior, my time as a Juniata College student is quickly coming to an end. As I prepare for my next steps in life, I wish to reflect on all that Juniata has given me.

I will miss these peaceful mornings on campus.

Firstly, I have received a comprehensive, quality education. When searching for a college, I was looking for an academically focused institution. As an aspiring dentist, I wanted to go somewhere that would prepare me for professional school. Through my visits at Juniata, I felt assured that this was the right place to continue my education. I knew that I would be challenged intellectually while having opportunities to explore my own curiosities and interests. My experience has exceeded all of my expectations. The faculty members at Juniata have expressed their genuine interest in my success, which has allowed me to thrive in this educational environment. I feel confident and exceptionally prepared moving forward, and hope to find the same cohesive, supportive environment in dental school.

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11 Ways to Survive College during a Global Pandemic

Maggie Peck
Maggie Peck ’21, Biology/ Pre-Dentistry POE

When I used to dream about what college would be like, a pandemic was never a part of the picture. However, we now find ourselves adapting to a new, COVID-19 world. College can be difficult, and a pandemic doesn’t make it any easier. So, here are my 11 tips for surviving college during a global health crisis:

1. Treat your personal hygiene and safety as a top priority.

Our top priority is to stay on campus. Without hygiene and masking, this is impossible. So, protect yourself while protecting others. We’re all in this together!

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Undergraduate Research at Juniata

Maggie Peck
-Maggie Peck ’21, Biology POE, Pre-Dentistry

At Juniata, there are many opportunities to conduct research. Almost every department has opportunities for students to explore their passions. I have been doing research at Juniata since the summer after my freshman year. I was eager to learn more about biology in an in-depth manor, so I applied to work in Dr. Jason Chan’s lab. I have since been working on an in-depth study related to the extension of health in our aging population and the prevention of age-related disease.

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My Juniata Athletics Experience

Maggie Peck
-Maggie Peck ’21, Biology POE, Pre-Dentistry

When I made the decision to continue my education at Juniata College, I also decided to end my career in sports. I had played sports since the fourth grade and continued to play soccer, softball, and basketball throughout my high school years. However, in college I wanted to focus solely on academics and keep my options open to other extracurricular activities. I thought about taking up dance, as I had when I was younger, or finding a new passion. During my freshman year, I stayed true to this plan. I delved into my schoolwork and found some new hobbies. I took up some intramural sports.

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What I wish I knew – Maggie Peck ’21

“College is where you will spend the best years of your life.” Growing up, I heard these words all of the time from adults. Throughout high school, I grew anxious to move away and be able to live out these next wonderful years of my life. However, there was one issue. I had no clue where I wanted to go to college! As a result of my uncertainty, I applied to 13 different institutions ranging large and small, rural and urban. Needless to say, the task of finding the perfect school for me was quite daunting. After all, it was one of the biggest decisions I would make in life.

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