“Students as Mentors”, Dr. Matthew Bennett, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

As a Rice undergraduate, going to classes and talking with professors is very valuable. But what I think is equally (or maybe even more) valuable, is the fact that you’re with other students who are really smart and share your interests. There’s something about being together with other smart people that seems to make you smarter. The students here at Rice really push each other to do better. You can learn a lot about how to work and learn and live, not from the professors, but from other students – from your friends and your colleges. I think the lessons that you learn from your peers will stay with you longer than anything we as professors teach you.  Both classroom and extra-curricular activities should be emphasized.  But, I still want  the pre-med students to learn their biochemistry.