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Meet Emily McMullen


Emily is a water sports enthusiast, who loves to swim and SCUBA dive. “Underwater is my happy place, and I do not think I could ever get tired of being beneath the surface. It is amazing to see all the living things down there that can never been seen from above.”

What book has been influential in your life and why?
The “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” fascinated me with the science and history of the creation of the first immortal cell line. The book challenged me to contemplate ethical questions that affect not only the creation of cell lines but scientific research as a whole.
Why are you and Wake Forest a good match?
Wake Forest is a place that brings together people from all over the world, but we all share common characteristics: a love of learning and a strong desire to be involved. I really wanted my college experience to be in a place where everyone wants to contribute to both the academic and extracurricular environment, and Wake Forest seemed to be the perfect fit. I have also lived in Florida my whole life, so the idea of having actual seasons was a definite bonus.

What are you most looking forward to pursing at Wake Forest?
I am hoping to join the club swim team.  I have been swimming competitively for 10 years, and it has become a really integral part of my life. I love the sport and the bonds that I form with my teammates. I cannot wait to be a part of it at Wake Forest.

What do you most enjoy doing in your spare time?
I absolutely love to SCUBA dive. I helped develop a post-dive reef health assessment for the Gulf of Mexico with Cousteau Divers.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
The most exciting – and scary – thing about starting this journey for me is living away from my family and being relatively independent for the first time. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to figure out what I want to do with my life and who I am as a person.

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
I’ll probably be thinking that the past four years have gone by very quickly, but that coming to Wake Forest was one of the best decisions I ever made.