Laney Etheridge

  • Class

    Class of 2025
  • Program

    B.A. in Biochemistry; minor in Biological Sciences ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    McComb, MS (South)
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  • About

    Laney is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biological Sciences. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the American Chemical Society. In 2021 she won the Outstanding General Chemistry Student Award.

Get to Know Laney Etheridge

Why did you choose to attend UM?

I took a variety of factors into consideration when choosing where to complete my undergraduate degree. One of the main reasons I chose the University of Mississippi involves the atmosphere that the campus and the student body provide. I love that it feels like a small-town oasis as well as a place that holds many opportunities to get out of my comfort zone!

When and how did you choose your major?

I have always had a love for science. Even when a lot of other parts of my life made little sense, biology and chemistry did. I chose a B.A. in Biochemistry because it offers the best of both worlds–I get to do a little of everything! I chose this degree path because of the various career paths that it offers. I could use this to get into medical school, which is the main goal at the moment. If I change my mind, I could also go into research and work in a lab! It’s a multifaceted degree, and I knew that the chemistry department had an encouraging work environment.

What are your 3 favorite things about your major at UM?

1. The leadership of the chemistry department does a very good job of informing students of any research and scholarship opportunities. They want the students to excel!

2. I get to perform interesting experiments and gain storytelling material for when things go wrong.

3. I found some pretty great people that help encourage and push me to succeed through my major and department!

Can you tell me about a professor or a class you’ve taken that has had the most impact on you?

I would have to say that my freshman year in general chemistry with Dr. Ritchie had a very significant impact on me. It was one of my first in-person science classes after the Covid-19 pandemic, and Dr. Ritchie managed to help me find my love for chemistry again. He created a positive work environment and always had the time to talk!

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

After graduation, I hope to attend medical school! My interests right now lean more towards cardiology, but I’m open to exploring more opportunities as I learn more about the field of medicine.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?

I absolutely love the tacos at El Agave!!

What is one thing you wish you knew as an incoming freshman?

I wish that I knew how important it was to get out of your comfort zone early! A place like the University of Mississippi has so much to offer someone. It is a shame to miss out on any of those opportunities due to fear of the unknown. There are a multitude of resources available to help every student succeed, and it’s never too late to take advantage of them!

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