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2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Major in Biochemistry, Minors in Health Studies and Computer Science
Summarize your internship experience.
For my internship experience [through the Summer Health Professions Education Program, or SHPEP], I am in Omaha, Nebraska, for six weeks spending a majority of my time at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have had the opportunity to learn more about the different health professions and the ways health disparities can be addressed in society. I've also taken different science courses taught by UNMC professors and staff, which provided me with insight into topics that will appear on the MCAT [Medical College Admission Test] and in medical school.
It was cool being able to learn about the human anatomy with an actual cadaver in the gross anatomy lab. I had the opportunity to shadow an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, talk with current medical school students, and volunteer in community advocacy events. I even participated in various health clinics where I learned skills such as suturing, cardiac and lung ultrasound. I became American Heart Association CPR and AED certified, and I performed patient check-ups. On top of this, I was able to do fun activities like watching a game at the NCAA College World Series and going to the world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
What is the most exciting part of your experience so far?
I would say the greatest part of this experience has been the connections I've made with other like-minded college students from around the country who share the same goals and aspirations as myself. This program has provided me with the tools to become a successful medical student and the confidence to achieve my dream of being a physician.
What factors in your life influenced your selection of this internship?
I am a volunteer in the emergency room of my local hospital, Advocate Christ Hospital, in Oak Lawn. Through this experience, I have gained a better understanding of how a hospital operates and the work ethic expected of a healthcare provider. I also enjoy the opportunity to be able to give back to the community and help make what was a stressful day for a patient a little bit better.
I would [also] say talking with the pre-health adviser, Mary Jane Shroyer, influenced my selection of this internship. She does a great job at providing pre-health students with the resources and opportunities to reach their goals. The science courses I have taken at Knox made me a competitive applicant for the program. Not only are the classes here challenging, but the professors have a genuine interest in helping you reach your professional goals, which is why I got my letters of recommendation from science professors I've had.
I actually found out about Knox through a letter they sent me. After looking them up online, I discovered that they were a good academic school that had the programs I was interested in. I learned that Knox has a small student-to-faculty ratio, which leads to classes being more immersive and personal. Knox also does a great job at getting their students into the professional schools and careers they are interested in.
Would you tell us a little bit about who you are in the Knox community?
I am the Vice President of Phi Gamma Delta. Although this position comes with a lot of stress and responsibility, I love putting my full effort into supporting a group of guys that I can call my brothers and working for the success of an organization that has contributed into forming the man I am today.
What about who you are now would surprise your high school friends?
I would say my high school friends would be surprised about my attitude. Knox has challenged me to delve outside of my comfort zone and develop the life skills necessary to be successful. At Knox, you always have the opportunity to meet new people and participate in conversations that challenge your ideas and impact you in ways you would never imagine.