Medical Student at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Major: B.S. Chemistry, 2007
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
What do you think makes the Millsaps experience unique?
Millsaps truly has a "one big happy family" feel to it. In my classes, my professors knew me by name, not by number. The professors really want to get to know the students. It is not uncommon to see professors and deans working out at the athletic center or eating lunch in the cafeteria or Java House. With the small class sizes and unlimited extracurricular opportunities, you will get to know many of your classmates. I made many friends for life, two of which were bridesmaids in my wedding.
As a chemistry major were you involved in any research projects?
The spring of my freshman year Dr. Tim Ward, he served as my academic and research advisor, asked me to join his research team. He held very high expectations for his research group, teaching me discipline and responsibility. I always say that I did graduate-level research during my undergraduate education because of the high standards set for each member of the research team. I presented talks and posters about our research (Vancomycin dimers as a chiral resolving agent) at symposiums all over the country including Orlando, Memphis and New York.
Over the years at Millsaps, Dr. Ward became somewhat of a "Millsaps dad" to me. He continually advised me in my course work, research and pursuit of a career in medicine. Dr. Ward always believed in me, even in times when I did not believe in myself. On graduation day after I received the Founder's Medal, Dr. Ward told me something that I will always carry with me; he said that he could not be any prouder of me than if I were his own daughter. It was at this moment that I realized that Millsaps College would always be a part of my life, supporting me and cheering me on every step of the way.
What specific opportunities did Millsaps create for you?
Although I entered college interested in medicine, Millsaps gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of options for my future. I was also interested in education, so I participated in a Ford Teaching Fellowship Program where I assisted a professor in teaching General Chemistry I and II. In addition to my science and math courses, the core curriculum exposed me to social sciences, history, religion, art, foreign language, and many others. I even took piano lessons for one semester! When I left Millsaps College headed for medical school, I was confident that I had made an informed decision for my future because I had been exposed to many other areas in my undergraduate education.