Rabia Jawed ’13, biology/pre-medicine and neuroscience; attending Midwestern University doctoral program in osteopathic medicine
I’ve always known I wanted to be a physician, but I never could have imagined how much my experiences though Augustana have changed me, both as a student and as a person. Traveling to Rome in 2011 and participating in the Texas Medical Center Internship Program were life-changing experiences. In Rome, I was able to see the history I studied in the classroom come to life, all while experiencing a different culture. Because of Rome, I have a greater appreciation for history, Catholicism and the Italian culture. In Texas, I learned what it meant to be a practicing physician and conduct research. Because of Texas, I became a better researcher, a better thinker, and I am sure the skills I learned will help me become a better physician.
Eric Pease ’13, pre-medicine and neuroscience; attending doctoral program in osteopathic medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Augustana was always on my radar. There were several teachers at my high school who were alumni and encouraged me to look into Augie. As I began to explore Augustana and other colleges, I found the academics and reputation of Augustana in preparing students for medical school was well ahead of so many others. Traveling to Houston, Texas, for an internship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been the highlight of my Augustana career. Working at MD Anderson challenged me in ways I never imagined, and from those challenges, I gained a deeper understanding of myself and a greater desire to pursue a career in medicine.
Josh Eisenberg '14, biology/pre-medicine and biochemistry; Attending Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
“Spending the summer in Houston, Texas, while completing the Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship at Baylor College of Medicine [was a peak experience]. During this experience, I was completely surrounded by the medical culture, language and lifestyle, which truly confirmed that I was on the correct career path to become a physician.”
Sarah Martin '14, biology/pre-medicine; Attending DePaul University's Master's Entry to Nursing Practice, Chicago, then planning to pursue a doctorate and career as a nurse practitioner
"I wanted a college that offered a challenging curriculum that I would work hard for and be proud of. The professors push students to become independent in a way that students can think about life, culture, communication, education and much more. The proudest moment of my college career was my Senior Inquiry proposal. It was my chance to prove to myself that my time at Augustana was a success. The project incorporated everything that I had been working so hard to master, including immunology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry and physics. It was my opportunity to showcase my knowledge and finally be recognized for my efforts as a maturing biologist."