21 Questions for Doria Gilberg

1. What is your hometown?  Middleburg, VA

2. Where did you go to high school? Wakefield School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences--Production with a double minor in Spanish and Management

4. What is your expected graduation date?  May 2021

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I wanted to attend a university that offered Animal Sciences as a major, which limited my options; however, my extended family lives in Indiana and I visit here multiple times per year. I wanted to be in an area that felt familiar and I would have family close. But, I also thought it would be good for me to step out of my comfort zone and attend a college far from home - it would challenge me and put me in a new environment.

6. What are your plans after graduation? Attend veterinary school and become a mixed-animal veterinarian; I still hope to do research as well.

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?’ Also my favorite animal - the manatee. I admire the tranquility and the peacefulness that manatees have. They remind me to try and live in the moment and stop fretting about the future.

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? CHAARG - a women's health and fitness organization that focuses on empowerment and positivity

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Being awarded the Outstanding Freshman in Animal Sciences - freshman year was difficult for me with hospitalization and missed school. It was encouraging to see that others noticed the hard-word I was putting in to my students even after dealing with rough times.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue?
Ironically, my favorite class does not pertain to my major! It was through the Honors College on Autism Spectrum Disorder, which furthered my interest in ASD and I now am working in an ASD research lab.

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Screaming 'IU Sucks' at sporting events

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? How welcoming and encouraging the faculty are. How many people can say they have gone to their Associate Dean's house for a Christmas party?

13. What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences?  The amount of opportunities that are available to ANSC students. From participating in research, volunteering in the animal hospitals, or working on the ASREC farm, there is a plethora of opportunities for all.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Honors College lounge/study areas

15. What is your favorite place in town? The Silver Dipper

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? Always take time for yourself. 

17. Where have you studied abroad? Summer 2018: Animal Production in Italy

​18. What internships/research experiences have you had?
  • January 2018-Present: Undergraduate Reserach Assistant in Dr. Paul Ebner's Lab - studying microbiology
  • Summer 2018: Intern at Family Veterinary Clinic in Chantilly, VA
  • August 2018-Present: Undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. Rispoli's Lab - studying Autism Spectrum Disorder

​19. What is your favorite quote? “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. -C.C. Scott

 20. What are your hobbies? Playing volleyball and golf, working with animals, and baking for family and friends

 21. What advice would you give to incoming students? Even when you feel uncomfortable, lonely, or feeling like "the weird one," always step out of your comfort zone. You will never know what friendships, experiences, or opportunities that will come from these steps. And, do not compare these steps to others around you. Step our of your comfort zone - not someone else's zone. You will never know what the future will hold if you never at least try.


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