“Take advantage of all the opportunities Drury has. If you have an idea, run with it!”
Kinjal and Erica Majumder met while studying science and math together at Drury. They started dating during their sophomore year of college and graduated from Drury in 2010. Currently, Kinjal and Erica are married and attend graduate school in St. Louis.
Appreciating liberal arts
During their time at Drury, Kinjal and Erica took mostly science classes. However, they appreciated the experience they had taking different kinds of classes outside of their majors.
Kinjal says, “Thanks to Drury’s global studies curriculum, I learned to appreciate the work done in different fields of research and how everything fits into a big picture. For example, I am studying to become an immunologist, but we have to keep abreast of studies in chemistry, computer science and physics to answer scientific questions. In the globalized world of today, even humanities and social sciences play an important role in funding and in scientific priorities. Thanks to Drury’s liberal arts education, I can appreciate this reality and adapt accordingly”
Engaging in the Drury community
Kinjal and Erica lived on campus and had the opportunity to get involved with a variety of organizations and activities. For Erica, academic, social, and extracurricular activities came together to create one big experience that made her time in college successful.
“When you live on campus, you are constantly engaged in something,” Erica explains. “Classes, professional societies, orchestra, volunteering, campus ministry and the countless other things I did, you can’t separate out which belongs to academic, social or extracurricular. It always felt like one experience to me. Studying abroad is also a really cool way to enhance your Drury experience. I did it four times!”
Dating in college
Among their favorite memories of Drury is the first date they went on together. For their first date, the couple saw Copenhagen—a Drury theater production about the meeting of two physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.
“One of the best [memories] was the first date with my husband. We went to see the theatre department’s production of Copenhagen,” Erica recalls. “We were the only ones not there for physics extra credit and just loved the show. It led to extended conservation between us that hasn’t stopped since.”
Preparing for life after college
As science majors, Kinjal and Erica strived for research experience to help them prepare for life after college. At Drury, they received the training they needed to advance to the next step.
“When I was in Drury, I majored in chemistry, biology, and math,” Kinjal says. “Because of my training, especially in the sciences at Drury, I got internships at Stowers Institute in Kansas City and it really paved the way for me to get into the immunology program at Washington University.”
Kinja and Erica suggest that every student should make the most of their time at Drury by accepting opportunities and experiences.
“Take advantage of every opportunity to enrich your college experience,” Kinjal says. “You never know which experiences will benefit you down the road.”