My CENTRE Life spotlight: Annie from Cincinnati
October 14, 2010 By Abby Malik
her experiences at the College on My CENTRE Life.
In addition to being a blogger, Roessler is a Centre cheerleader, a
member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a Brown Fellow.
Annie Roessler ’13, one of the seven bloggers of this year’s My CENTRE Life, isn’t a stranger to the process. This summer, she kept a blog while in Prague taking art classes so that her friends and family back home would know what she was up to on the other side of the world.
“I’m also a compulsive journalist and have started compiling a few chunks of my writing into a semi-autobiographical memoir of a summer I spent with my grandparents two years ago,” she says.
Why’d Annie choose to become an MCL blogger? To share her excitement about Centre College and to let other kids know how good she’s got it here, she says.
“Centre is such a great school, but a lot of kids at home (Cincinnati) have never heard of it,” Roessler explains. “This frustrates me, because I really enjoy being a student at Centre, and it really has a lot to offer.”
And Roessler is taking advantage of that, especially in her academic endeavors as a behavioral neuroscience major and art history minor.
“Yes, it’s a little unusual,” she says of her major and minor combination. “Behavioral neuroscience is a lot of psychology and biology classes. It works for me, because right now, I’m fascinated with the link between structure and function in the brain.”
Roessler says she wants to know how the brain perceives the world based on experience, exposure to different chemicals, damage to itself, and, further than that, how the individual will react to or accommodate to these variables through their behavior. She’s especially interested in biological origins of abnormal behavior.
“The reason that I like art is because of the focus and discipline that you must possess to get into a drawing, painting or sculpture for hours at a time,” she says of her choice of minor. “I know this sounds weird, but the discipline and control that you must have in the art studio is not too far removed from what a doctor experiences in the operating room.”
With that being said, Roessler’s dream job would be to be a neurosurgeon, which combines the two disciplines.
“So the next step after Centre is probably med school,” she says. “But I still need to do a lot of shadowing and internships before I can really be sure that it’s for me.”
As any follower of her blog knows, Roessler is a Centre cheerleader, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a Brown Fellow. She also does research on hormones and nesting behavior with Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato, assistant professor of psychology.
“I love animals, so I also volunteer at the animal shelter a lot. And I like to read, whenever I have time,” she adds.
And why did Annie choose Centre?
“I chose Centre because I felt that the students here have a certain quality about them,” Roessler says. “They have a variety of interests, they work really hard, and they’re all very personable.”
Click here to follow Annie’s Centre life and the Centre lives of the other six MCL bloggers.