Lauren Brobeck's Road to Medical School
May 22, 2008Lauren Brobeck’s next stop on the road to becoming a physician is the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, but it was her education at Mount Union College that has paved the way.
“Mount Union was everything I wanted out of college,” said Brobeck of Salem who graduated from Mount Union this month summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.
Brobeck was very involved on campus and made the most out of her college experience. She enjoyed the personal relationships she was able to develop with her professors, her involvement with Alpha Chi Omega and school musicals and the general education courses that served to broaden her horizons. Brobeck was also active in choir and a member of the volleyball team her freshman year. Her senior year, she was selected to present her research at the first ever SCHOLAR Day.
She dedicated herself to Alpha Chi Omega and ended up reaping many rewards because of it. She was able to give back to the community and develop her leadership skills by being actively involved in something she felt so passionate about. She particularly enjoyed being a part of the community service projects, including providing care packages for the Domestic Violence Shelter, participating in fundraisers and organizing Project Prom, which provides gowns to area students who are not able to purchase them. Brobeck served as both president and vice president of recruitment of Alpha Chi. She was named Outstanding Senior Greek Woman and had the opportunity to attend a National Leadership Convention.
A member of Order of Omega, American Chemistry Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Psi Kappa Omega and the Alembroic Society, she was also named to the Dean’s List every semester, was a Berta Tsai Award recipient and was named Outstanding Senior Woman.
Brobeck credits her general education classes with making her a well-rounded person academically. “These classes were something different from all of the labs that I was taking,” said Brobeck. “They stimulated other parts of my brain.”
Living in the dorm for the first two years of her college career also taught Brobeck important life lessons. She learned to share living space and it helped her to meet new people. “I feel it is an important learning experience for all students,” she said.
Brobeck feels that she has grown a lot in the past four years. “I have much more self-confidence,” she said. “I have become stronger by learning to face challenges and am more responsible. I am especially grateful for the guidance of my chemistry professors who were always there to support me but allowed me to learn by doing things for myself.”
Brobeck credits the opportunity to shadow Dr. Angela Doty of Salem with inspiring her to pursue osteopathic medicine, specializing in either pediatrics or women’s care. And, through all of her experiences, she is thankful to her parents and family for their constant support and encouragement.
“You get out of it what you give,” said Brobeck when asked what advice she would give to future Mount Union students. “Take advantage of every opportunity.” Brobeck certainly has and now she is reaping the rewards.