Kendra Watson '09 Biochemistry and Athletics For Kendra Watson, a Hamline education means plenty of multitasking. The biochemistry major and star athlete balances her intense academic schedule, athletic commitments, and extra curricular activities, all while undergoing the rigorous process of applying to medical school. But far from viewing it as a burden, Kendra sees this busy schedule as an integral part of the Hamline experience. “Students here can really get involved in their campus community and make a difference,” she says. Born on a military base in Germany and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kendra chose to study at Hamline because of its tight-knit community. “I visited a number of times and was able to attend classes,” she recalls. “Hamline really felt like home.” Kendra also received the Presidential Scholarship, recognizing academic merit. Knowing she was interested in medicine or public health, Kendra chose to major in biochemistry. “The program is very challenging,” Kendra says. “It’s been a lot of work, but I’m so glad I did it.” For two summers, Kendra conducted research with the chair of the biochemistry department, John Matachek, and she is currently at work on a major paper summing up her research with biosensors and electrodes. Kendra’s busy schedule takes her from the lab to the soccer field. The four-year athlete, who plays center midfield for the Pipers, explains that soccer is a year-round commitment -- but one she wouldn’t trade for the world. “Athletics at Hamline are a great way to compete,” she says, “but also to make friends and challenge yourself to be the best.” In addition to her academic and athletic commitments, Kendra has served on the Student Alumni Board since her sophomore year. The organization arranges campus events, programming, and community outreach, all designed to connect students with alumni and professors. “This was an area of campus life where I felt I could be a leader,” explains Kendra. Indeed, as a senior Kendra is the organization’s vice president, after serving as membership chair last year. She was also able to represent Hamline at two summer conferences on student development, and was the first Hamline student ever to give a presentation at one of these national events. Reflecting on her many commitments, Kendra says, “I came to Hamline because of its incredible community. The more involved you get here, the more you see how much people care.” Indeed, Kendra plans to remain involved with Hamline long after she graduates in 2009.