Kristina Lopes

Kristina Lopes

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Biochemistry

Hometown: Fall River, MA

"The word 'challenge' is just a synonym for opportunity."
What makes UMass Dartmouth special?

What sets UMass Dartmouth apart from other schools is the character of its people. One lesson I've learned from this school: the people make the place! The very backbone of this school is composed of people I admire and respect. The individuals I work with on a daily basis are further testament to this fact.


Alongside that, the education available here is world-renowned, bar none! Throughout my chemistry undergraduate career here, I've seen the caliber of the university's professionals and what they offer to students.

What's one thing about UMass Dartmouth that no student should miss?

There's a thirst for involvement—and with so many clubs and organizations here you can't go wrong; there's no way you won't make vital connections! I'm a member of the Honors Program and look forward to graduating as a Commonwealth Scholar.

In the chemistry department, I've served as President of the Chemistry Club, taught as a teacher’s assistant, and completed undergraduate research at the Botulinum Research Center. I also work as an Admissions Ambassador and have taken part in the Donald C. Howard Leadership Program.

I love campus life here; I'm from close by, yet I chose to live on campus full-time as a Resident Assistant.

Tell us about something you were involved with here, and how it's changed you.

This year was the first year the UMD Chemistry Club was involved with Relay for Life. To work side by side with my fellow officers and fundraise for this great cause was an amazing experience. We started small but managed to fundraise over $1,000 (and growing!) due to our combined efforts. Our goal was met by knowing that we had helped give hope to those affected by cancer and their loved ones. Funding for cancer research has never been more crucial and it meant a lot to me, having lost someone to cancer.

What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge during my college career was to understand that the word "challenge" is just another synonym for opportunity. Challenges come and go, but at the end of the day, what you learn from them—whether it be academic, professional, or personal—will be beneficial to you in ways you couldn't have imagined!

What advice would you like to share with future students?

"Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny." —Charles Reader