Emma Doty ’27 | Sidney, Montana
Major/Minor: Neuroscience (Pre-Med); Business

Please tell us about yourself.

I am 19 years old and a first-year student at Concordia. I spend my free time reading, traveling, and finding new hiking trails. I grew up in rural Montana where I was always active by participating in volleyball, track, and dance.

How did you hear about Concordia?

My mom is a grad and has always encouraged me to consider studying here.

Why did you choose Concordia?

When I first visited campus, I immediately knew that there was a close-knit community that would support me through every high and low during my undergrad. Concordia also has a strong reputation for its academic programs that will set me up for success on my pre-med path.

What has been the biggest adjustment and how did you overcome that?

A big adjustment I’ve had to overcome during my first semester was being so far from home. I had never been away from my friends and family for so long, and it was definitely a challenge at times, especially during stressful weeks on campus. However, the distance has proven to be a blessing. It encouraged me to meet new people and experience everything Fargo-Moorhead had to offer. Thankfully, technology has allowed me to stay easily connected to those I miss from home. FaceTime is a life-saver!

What surprised you most about Concordia and/or the Fargo-Moorhead community?

I was shocked to learn how easy it was to study abroad at Concordia. At the beginning of the semester, there is an event where every study abroad program is present. The whole room was filled with posters of countries all around the world. It was exciting to see all the possibilities Concordia offers its students.

I was shocked to learn how easy it was to study abroad at Concordia. It was exciting to see all the possibilities Concordia offers its students.”

Are you involved in any campus activities? What have you enjoyed the most?

I am involved in the Campus Events Commission (CEC) as a member of the Wellness Committee. I love to be involved in the behind the scenes of nearly all events at Concordia such as live music, free fitness classes and excursions, and other activities that allow students to build connections on campus.

How did you decide on your area of study?

I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field but was never set on a major until I was scrolling through the offered programs at Concordia and saw neuroscience. I quickly realized it was the perfect match for me as it would allow me to stay on the pre-med path while incorporating classes in psychology, which has always been an interest to me.

What course are you most looking forward to and why?

I am most looking forward to taking Human Neuropsychology. I have always been intrigued by psychology and this sounds like the perfect course to combine that interest with physiology.

What are your career goals?

After Concordia, I hope to go to medical school to become an ophthalmologist.

What do you love most about being a Cobber?

What I love most about being a Cobber is the support you are provided. Every professor is dedicated to your success and goes the extra mile to connect with you. Alumni also love to see current students thrive. After only one semester as a Cobber, I have had numerous people notice my merchandise and come up to me with a big smile to ask if I am a student and if I am enjoying it. It is so special to know that I will forever be included in this supportive network of academics.

What advice would you give to a Montana student who is considering Concordia?

If you are considering making a big move and want to experience a new state, DO IT! Concordia has given me a familiar sense of home while also providing me with new perspectives I never would have gained if I had stayed home. Now is the perfect time to challenge yourself and see what is out there in the world, which is easily achievable here. Even in the most challenging moments, I have never regretted being a Cobber!

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Published March 2024