Caila Bachmann, Distinguished Scholar

Majors: Dual degree – Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Hometown: New Berlin, Wisconsin

Favorite Experience at UA: My favorite experience throughout my undergraduate years was without a doubt my semester abroad in Madrid, Spain. I utilized my time abroad not only to strengthen my Spanish language skills and earn credits toward my Spanish major, but also to indulge my love for travel. Travelling has always been one of my greatest passions, as I love exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and broadening my view of the world. Over my six months abroad, I was lucky enough to visit 32 cities, 14 countries, and two continents. While my thirst for travel is far from sated, my incredible experiences abroad have left me with lifelong memories that I will forever cherish, and I am excited to make new memories through my travels in the future.

Favorite Class: Of all the courses I have taken over the past four years, my favorite was indisputably Elemental Organic Chemistry I (CH 231) with Diana Leung. Ironically, before the class started, I was dreading it. Organic Chemistry has a reputation of being one of the hardest classes that science majors have the displeasure of taking. However, as soon as the class was underway, I changed my tune. While it was far from easy, I was inherently fascinated by the material and how the subject revolves around patterns rather than straight memorization. By the end of the semester, Organic Chemistry was solidified as my favorite subject, and that has yet to change. I now tutor for this course, trying to help other students understand and appreciate the material in the same way I do.

Future Plans: I will be starting medical school this upcoming fall, although the school I will be attending is still up in the air as I have been fortunate enough to receive a few acceptances. As far as my specialty goes, I am currently interested in either surgery, pediatrics, or emergency medicine (widely varying specialties I will admit), but I intend to keep an open mind and explore my options throughout medical school.