I would say my Clarke experience prepared me remarkably well for the rigors of medical school. While at Clarke I was busy with a double major and minor, was a four-year starter for men's volleyball, active on campus with clubs such as Clarke Athletic Training Society (CATS), Hippo Society, and others, and service in the Dubuque area. All of these experiences taught me different things that have helped me excel in medical school.
Pairing athletic training and the basic sciences of biology and chemistry has helped me excel in the first two years of medical school. Athletic training taught me how to work with patients, think clinically and critically, and gave me a strong anatomy background. Biology and chemistry further strengthened my critical thinking skills, allowed me to master important biological and chemical concepts, helped me develop research skills, and gave me an overall strong foundation in the basic sciences.
The additional experiences of men's volleyball, club activities and community service enabled me to learn time management skills, team work, and the importance of community. All of these activities with my strong academic performance at Clarke bolstered my application for medical school. Without the encouragement and support from my professors and mentors at Clarke I would not be having the success I am at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.