A few twists of fate led this alum to her passion

Hamline alumni Vassiliki Prattas headshot

Dr. Vassiliki Prattas didn't have her eye on optometry when she first arrived at Hamline; rather, it was something she "discovered along the way," said the biochemistry graduate of 2016.

Prattas grew up in south Florida and was recruited to Hamline as a volleyball player. She'd always been interested in science and health, Prattas said, "but I didn't know what I wanted to do. I was still on the fence of going to pharmacy school or possibly doing research."

She got an early taste of the research life when she earned the 3M and Ronald A. Mitsch scholarship. "It definitely helped take the pressure off" of her financial needs, Prattas said, "and I was also able to work closely with Dr. Mitsch on the Mitsch lectures. It was a cool opportunity to mesh my interests, to take my job and apply it to my academics."

My time at Hamline was everything that I could've hoped for. I gained so much educational knowledge and became a better scientist and student. Most importantly, I felt a huge amount of support from the staff and faculty and peers at Hamline that allowed me to grow and flourish as a person."


Learn more about our biochemistry major, find your vision in the pre-health optometry track, and discover the Mitsch lectures.

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