I started my time at Marquette in the College of Communication as a journalism major. After my sophomore year I decided that I was no longer interested in a career in journalism and was thinking of going to medical school. This was obviously a pretty significant change! I had taken “Plants, Pathogens, and People” with Dr. Schumann and really enjoyed the class so I thought I would switch to a major in biology. I met with Dr. Fitts who was incredibly encouraging so I decided to take the leap and pursue a degree in biology. I’m so happy that I did! As a biology major my Marquette world truly blossomed. I was taking classes that fascinated me and was being taught by incredible professors.
Dr. Stuart, in particular, is a professor that truly enhanced my Marquette experience. I took Dr. Stuart’s experimental cell biology class and developed a wonderful relationship with her. Because Marquette’s biology lab courses are so small, students really have the opportunity to get to know their professors. With so many of Marquette’s biology undergraduates planning to go into graduate school it is so important to have those connections with professors for advice and guidance. Dr. Stuart became a person that I often sought advice and support from throughout my remaining years at Marquette. In my senior year I completed an independent study in Dr. Stuart’s lab. During that time I learned so much about the research process and all that goes in to producing the papers that end up in scientific journals. After graduation, in December 2010, I stayed on in the lab to continue my projects before I started medical school in the fall.
I am now a first year medical student at University of Maryland. I really feel that my time at Marquette as a biology major prepared me incredibly well for the rigors of medical school. I can’t thank my professors enough for instilling in me a love of science and discovery that carries me through the more challenging times in school.
My experience at Marquette also taught me to appreciate the blessings I have been given and use those to serve others. I was involved with Watumishi: People of Service throughout my time at Marquette and traveled to Voi, Kenya with the group in the summer of 2009. While in Kenya, I witnessed the incredible impact medical care can have on an individual’s life. My involvement in Watumishi was instrumental in my decision to pursue medicine and allowed me to feel like I was making a difference in the world before I had even graduated college. To continue my dedication to service, I was fortunate enough to be selected as a National Health Service Corps scholarship recipient, which is a full scholarship for medical school. After my residency I will work as a primary care physician in an underserved area in order to repay the scholarship.
I am so thankful for my time at Marquette and particularly for my time as a student in biology. My professors at Marquette gave me the opportunities to grow as a scientist and future doctor. I am certain I would not be where I am today without those experiences and without the amazing support of the Biology Department.