McNulty trades sleep for experience

Working at Dr. Konishi's veterinary office, going to chemistry and biology labs, having a work study job, and acting as president of Adams Atoms can often mean missing sleep for Adams State College student Erika McNulty '08. However, McNulty does not let sleep deprivation stop her from continuing her education.

"It is hard to have two jobs, be involved in clubs, and study," McNulty said. "Sometimes I don't get very much sleep because of studying or working on labs, but that is the price to pay when going to college. Time management is the key in working and keeping up with school."

McNulty is a biochemistry major. Originally, she was majoring in pre-vet, but decided that she liked chemistry more and changed her major her junior year.

After she graduates with a B.S. in biochemistry, McNulty plans to attend a graduate program.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, McNulty acts as Dr. Konishi's assistant. Her job responsibilities include everything from filing paperwork to helping with surgery.

"My job has given me experience in a field that is difficult but fun," she said. "I give vaccinations, assist on surgeries, answer the phone, and occasionally groom the boarding animals. I get to be right there in the operating room for spays, neuters, c-sections, whatever comes in."

One day McNulty's professor, Dr. Miller, brought her injured kitten in to Dr. Konishi's office and said McNulty made the experience go smoothly for them.

"She answered my worried questions at school, counseled me, and assured me that he would be fine," Miller said. "I appreciated her efforts!"

With all of her responsibilities, McNulty said sometimes it helps to have close relationships with her professors.

"Their doors are always open for questions and they are willing to go out of their way to help," she said. "They know me from class, but they also know what is going on in my life."

Although Miller believes McNulty would make a great veterinarian, she said she is glad McNulty is going on to graduate school.

"However, even after all that, while I am sure that she would make a great vet, I am thrilled to hear that she is more interested in graduate school than veterinary school," Miller said. "She will do well."