Mouse Research, A Horse, and Community

Hi everyone!

My name is Liz Roth. I am a rising sophomore majoring in animal science. I am currently serving as the outreach leader for orange fam. (We meet on Wednesdays at 8pm and we would love to have you join!)

This fall, I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing how God is going to work!!

What have you been up to this summer?

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity of participating in undergraduate research in a lab that focuses on meat science and muscle biology. I specifically learned about and studied the impact of reduced mitochondrial DNA on skeletal muscle by using a mouse model. I presented the research at the Summer Symposium Conference.

When I wasn’t working on my research this summer, I spent my time with my horse, Gunny, and with friends. I have found that some of my favorite activities in Blacksburg are going on hikes, watching the sunset, and catching up with friends.

How have you seen God work recently?

God has been showing up in my life by teaching me what it looks like to have complete trust in Him and His timing. So many times, I find myself overthinking and second-guessing even the simplest of things. This summer God has shown me that we are to not second guess His plan, especially when we do not understand it. I think Psalm 37:7 sums it up best when David writes “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways.” We are to wait because just as Jerimiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  

What is something you love about BCM?

One thing about BCM that I love is the fellowship and community. I have found my lifelong friends that I know I can trust to help keep me accountable in my faith and in life. My friends have helped me dive deeper into the Word and have shown me what friendship in Christ looks like. I’m forever thankful for the friends God has surrounded me with through the BCM.

What advice would you like to share with incoming freshmen?

I want to encourage incoming freshmen (and anyone and everyone) to seek God first and above all else. When God is above all else, He will take care of everything else. When I chose to put God above all else, everything else seemed like it fell into place. When we seek Him first, at least when I do, I feel an unexplainable peace in everything. I challenge you to seek Him above all else and watch how He works in your life.

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