Committed to Community Service
My time in the Bonner Scholar Program was the most meaningful experience I had at DePauw. I met a lot of great people who had a genuine love for service and helping others. Through my time at various service sites, I found that I loved the volunteer environment and wanted 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 came to appreciate greatly.
Track 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 made over the years helped me understand that, if you buy into a process, the payoff will show.
And what was even more impactful were the relationships that I 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 demonstrated that they cared about me as a person and not just as an athlete. I’m especially appreciative for getting to work with coach Crary over my four years at DePauw. He 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 there. 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.
Currently: Attending the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
Post-undergraduate scholarships received: Awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. It was received for accomplishments during the winter season senior year. Awarded the highly competitive National Health Service Corps Scholarship. The NHSC Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas. Each year, there are more than 1,800 applications from hundreds of schools from across the country. Approximately 10 percent of the applicants receive the scholarship award.
Majors: Biochemistry and Spanish
Involvement: Member of the track and field team, the Bonner Scholar Program and Kappa Kappa Gamma.