Also one of our Science Research Seniors, Maria hopes to attend Manhattan College in the fall as a Biology Major. She hopes to go into the medical field and become a pediatrician. One of the things Maria loves most about Fontbonne is "it is such a tight knit community which has allowed me to make some of my best friends that I know I will have forever." Fontbonne has helped her reach her academic goals by allowing her to take advanced classes that she never pictured herself taking. Fontbonne has allowed her to grow as a person by giving her opportunities that she knows she would not have gotten if she attended another school. For example, she was able to conduct her own research project, where she mentored by college professors and professionals in the field.