From Day 1, literally, at SMU, my favorite professor was Dr. John McCarthy. That very first biology class proved to me that I was in the right place, surrounded by the best professors! He was so much more than a teacher to me — an advisor and an encourager for sure! And although he knew class lectures and labs and studying were worthy preparations for life after SMU, he also reminded me that life’s experiences and passions also determined- – probably more so — success and fulfillment throughout one’s lifetime. I truly have valued my friendship with him — I can’t wait for the Christmas cards each December!