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Erin Pasch Student

I’ve met a lot of great people who have a genuine love for service and helping others.

Committed to Community Service

My time in the Bonner Scholar Program has been the most meaningful experience I’ve had at DePauw. I’ve met a lot of great people who have a genuine love for service and helping others. Through my time at various service sites, I’ve found that I love the volunteer environment and want to make community service a lasting part of my dental career. Additionally, the Bonner Program does a great job educating its members about the ethics of service and social justice, which is something I have come to appreciate greatly.

Track has taught me a lot about myself and how to approach life in general. My performances during my first year on the team were not great and left me pretty discouraged. I questioned whether I should continue on the team. However, I stuck with it and am glad I did. The progress I’ve made over the years has helped me understand that, if you buy into a process, the payoff will show. 

And what has been even more impactful are the relationships that I’ve made along the way as a team member. I met many of my closest friends through the team. The coaching staff is also amazing; the coaches regularly demonstrate that they care about me as a person and not just as an athlete. I’m especially appreciative for getting to work with coach Crary over the last four years. He has supported me greatly in all aspects of my life at DePauw and I couldn’t have asked for a more caring coach.

While everyone’s experience is unique at DePauw, I couldn’t have asked for much more from my time here. The connections and opportunities have given me opportunities I wouldn’t have imagined while I was in high school. The faculty and staff genuinely care about you. Even though classes are competitive and quite challenging, you can still see that professors’ goals are for you to succeed. 

Majors: Biochemistry and Spanish
Involvement: Member of the track and field team, the Bonner Scholar Program and Kappa Kappa Gamma. 
Internships/winter terms: Interned at Trinity Free Clinic, a dental and medical clinic where I got hands-on experience administering COVID tests, assisting with dental procedures, translating, taking vitals, working the dental/medical software programs and more. I had an internship at Westminster Neighborhood Services where I led volunteer groups, helped in the food pantry and translated for the customers.  I worked with the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department for the past four years, where I helped with event programming and have been leading a project to create a 1,600 square foot pollinator habitat at Big Walnut Sports Park. During winter term, I took a medical terminology course and also took a civic education course that focused on anti-racist praxis. 
Future plans: I plan on attending dental school.