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Shannon Caveny '17

Litchfield, Illinois

Majors in Biology and History

In addition to exploring her interests in biology and archaeology, Shannon is the president of Knox Conservatives.

Shannon Caveny

How did you become involved in Knox Conservatives? Why has it become important to you?

I became involved in Knox Conservatives my first year at Knox, essentially during Orientation Week. I signed up at the Carnival of Clubs and met two women that are still some of my greatest role models today. This club is important to me because I personally believe that, in order to keep an open-minded campus, all perspectives must be recognized. Knox Conservatives brings some more political diversity to a liberal campus, even though we may not always be the most admired or the most celebrated.

What are your future plans? How do you think that your involvement in Knox Conservatives will benefit you in the future?

Though these two fields may not seem like they go together, in the future I would like to do work in genetics, whether that be in a lab or out in the field, or work in archaeology.

Being president of Knox Conservatives has taught me how to communicate respectfully with other people during debates or times of turmoil, and these are experiences that are critically useful in the "real world." People are always going to disagree with you, but that doesn't mean you can't work with them professionally.

What has been your most memorable experience while at Knox?

My most memorable experience at Knox was taking bacteria samples from bathroom doors in the Umbeck Science and Mathematics building in Biology 210, Introduction to Research, with Professor Jones-Rhoades. Though other people didn't really seem to want to see my group's results, it was exciting and sort of disheartening to see how many bacteria colonies actually grew up on our (cell-culture dishes) -- and were probably all over our own hands.

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