Women Serving Women: A Chat with Stephanie Aron

When I joined Chi Omega, I was expecting to find some amazing new sisters. Luckily, Stephanie Aron joined for the same reason! Throughout this past year and a half I’ve gotten to know Steph to be hardworking, driven, creative, fun and compassionate. Her range of activities and skill sets have equipped her to be an all-around type of leader who’s absolutely dedicated to friends, family, academia, and fun. Let’s get to know a little bit more about her!

Major: Biochemistry

Year: Junior

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

How’d you settle on biochemistry?

I went in as a freshman with a declared Biology major. After taking the foundations class, my interest was really peaked by the unit on Biochemistry. It’s a little bit more focused than general biology, and I have a natural interest in chemistry, so it married the two things together very nicely.

Biochem sounds pretty intense! Do you have future career plans or goals?

Yes I do! I am looking to go into the medical field. I did an in-clinical internship at a hospital in Kansas City which was six weeks of shadowing in six different specialties. I loved every second I was there! I specifically liked obstetrics and gynecolog. After being in a sorority and seeing women serve other women, I want to be a part of that.

To prepare for that you’re in a research lab. Tell me about it!

I basically help out wherever I’m needed, which means making media, making stock solutions and preparing for experiments. I’m hoping to get involved with a larger research project soon. This lab is actually a microbiology lab and there’s a little bit of a disconnect between the biochemistry and microbiology, but I really like it because they are currently working with influenza A which applies to a more clinical aspect as opposed to proteins and metabolic pathways.

I hear you’re the new chapter president for your sorority! How does that make you feel?

Chi Omega has been the highlight of my college career. After I joined it made a world of difference since I am an out of state student. It really gave me a foundation of people who are there for me no matter what. We have a very diverse chapter of young women who are interested in anything and everything, which has really helped me expand my horizons. I’ve been able to meet people I would have never come across had I not been involved in this organization. For all these reasons, I am beyond excited to serve as the next chapter president. I had this overwhelming feeling of joy and humbleness just to know you have so many people supporting and believing in you. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever felt. And that’s what I think this group really is-- people who lift each other up.

I am obsessed with your paintings on Instagram.

I work with primarily watercolors and it’s something I kind of just stumbled across. I had no prior training I just tried it. It’s really therapeutic and it’s my primary way to de-stress as well as channel my creativity. It doesn't take very long, so it’s a great study break.

Steph is obviously a young woman of many talents. From research, to leading her sorority, to producing masterful watercolor paintings, she’s got the creativity and ambition to follow her dreams to no end. We’re so excited to see what she’ll do next!