• Class of2023

  • Major, MinorBiochemistry, Peace & Justice Studies

Riley, from Painted Post, N.Y. is a biochemistry major who discovered her passion for biochemistry through her relationship with mentor, Birgit Albrecht, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry. “Dr. Albrecht has shown me support both in and outside of the classroom, which is something I am so grateful for! She is the reason why I wanted to pursue biochemistry as a major. I know that I want to pursue a career in the medical field, so this major helps me to prepare for my future.” Riley is also minoring in Peace and Justice Studies, which she chose because “going to school in Baltimore has really opened my eyes as to how I want to better our community and any place I go in the future.” She loves Loyola’s Jesuit liberal arts education because it makes her a more well-rounded student and person overall, equipping her with the skills to tackle any challenge. She also says that Loyola has provided her with “so many opportunities to grow academically, socially, and personally.” Riley is a member of Loyola’s women’s lacrosse team and a board member for Student-Athletes for Social Justice.

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Riley Olmstead
My favorite thing about Loyola is the family atmosphere in the classroom, on the lacrosse field, and all over campus. Even through the COVID-19 global pandemic, I still felt the support that comes with being a Greyhound.

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