My UMR with Micaela Haas - Biology Faculty

Authored By: mknutson 03/09/2020

Micaela HassHow did you hear about UMR/What brought you to UMR?
I was initially intrigued by UMR because of the possibility of teaching a wide variety of classes in biology. My background is very diverse ranging from human biology to chemistry to microbiology so the idea of not being confined to teaching only one class or subject made me eager to apply to UMR. Once I started to interview and I visited UMR, the unique active learning environment, the culture and the people really sealed the deal and helped solidify my choice to join UMR.

What is your role at UMR?
I am a teaching specialist at UMR.

What advice do you have for UMR students during their time here?
My advice for UMR students would be to “get your feet wet.” Take advantage of opportunities, try new things, gain experience in the field you find interesting and get to know the people around you. College is a great time to learn, grow and have fun so take advantage of it while you have the chance. 

What is one of your favorite things about UMR?
One of my favorite things about UMR is the people. Everyone that you meet whether faculty, staff or students are so friendly, social and welcoming. 

What is one interesting fact about you that you want others to know about you?
Anybody that has talked to me on campus probably already knows that I do not have traditional pets. For example, I have a pet sheep that acts like a dog. She enjoys going on walks, eating treats and chasing cats. 

What are some small things that make your day better?
Two small things that make my day better are being around animals or talking with my family. I can go from being stressed or in a bad mood to almost instantaneously having those feelings be washed away when either visiting my animals or even seeing pictures of animals or talking with my family. 

If you could convince everyone in the world to do one thing at one point in time, what would that thing be?
One thing I believe everyone should do at one point in time in their life is to travel. Seeing different cultures, being exposed to different lifestyles and enjoying the beauty in the world is something that everyone can learn so much from. There are some life experiences that cannot be taught or as deeply appreciated with only a textbook.