Sheri Marcum


       Sheri Marcum
     Chemistry Major

How long have you been attending at Rio?
I received an AA in Applied Science in 1996 from Rio Grande Community College.  I started back in Aug. of 2009 to work on a Bachelor in Chemistry.

Over the years how many different courses in the School of Sciences have you taken? (estimate if you can’t remember exactly )

What one science course—not counting this semester—was the one that you have found the most fascinating/interesting so far at Rio…and why?
Human Anatomy & Physiology.  The professor was great and once you learn how the human body works, you realize that it is a wonder that it works at all.

In your discipline (i.e., biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, math, etc.).  what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain?  (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet…)
There are three, first the divine creator himself, God.  Second, I have found the work of Arpad Vass to be fascinating. Third would be Dr. White, a great inspiration, leader and teacher.

What is your favorite food?
I like all food, hard to choose a favorite.  I would have to say anything that is home cooked.

What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)?
Passions, and Steele Magnolias

What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity?
Gardening, Fishing, Reading and playing with my grand-daughters, all 6 of them.

Describe the part of taking a course you like the most.  (for example:  sitting in on lecture, participating in a lab, the taking an exam, writing a term paper, etc.).   Why?
My part of a course that I enjoy the most would have to be lab.  It is a hands on opportunity to apply what I have learned.  Even when results don’t turn out as expected, I still find it to be a great learning experience.

If you could go anywhere in the U.S. for your first job as a professional, where would it be?
ANY WHERE, but I do put Florida at the top of the list.  That was my childhood home and still the home of my family.

If you could give an incoming (i.e, freshman) science major one piece of advice of how to succeed (i.e., learn a bunch) during their undergraduate years at Rio, what would it be?
 Always study, work hard and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.