Rachel Hastings ’17

How did you choose your area of study?

I have always loved learning about people and why we choose to do the things that we do. As a result of this interest, during my junior year of high school, I found myself in a psychology class. While all the other sections were fascinating, I was not really struck by this course until we started studying the section dedicated to neuroscience. Neuroscience, for me, has a way of making the mind tangible; it provides a physical explanation for certain behaviors, such as why my aged aunt confuses me with her own children. I hope to one day become a lawyer and use neuroscience in the courtroom, as neuroscience is logical and difficult to argue with.