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Success Stories

Check out what alumni are doing in the health and medical professions

  • Allie Urbanik ’13, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine  

    Lake Forest College has given me confidence in science coursework and the ability to be an independent learner. These skills have proved to be invaulable in my experiences in veterinary school. The concepts that I’ve learned, and the interpersonal skills that I’ve made at Lake Forest College have given me the ability to be a leader both in and out of the classroom.

  • Alex Wenner ’09 Meharry Medical College

    Alex on a mission trip in Haiti, ”Lake Forest College has helped me mature and grow in ways that only a liberal arts college can provide. An all encompassing education is critical in becoming a knowledgable and compassionate health care provider. My experience at Lake Forest College has opened my mind to the needs of many and how I can impact others beneficially.”

  • Alli Chase ’11
    Rush University
    College of Nursing

     “If I could sum up Lake Forest College in one word it would be dedication. The dedication to education and to each individual student is unparalleled. Because of the support I had from my professors and advisors I was able to flourish to my absolute potential. Through Pre-Health Advising I was able to land a job at Advocate Condell’s Emergency Room where my love for nursing began. Through Lake Forest College’s affiliations I was accepted into a top 15 nursing program in the nation at Rush University. The tools and skills I learned at Lake Forest College have been essential in this next step in my education.”

  • Terese (Beth) Noe ’10 Terese (Beth) Noe ’10 at UIUC Vet Med Wildlife Medical Clinic with an opossum being treated for a degloving injury

    Beth combined her majors in Biology in French to complete an internship at the Clinique vétérinaire on the College’s Paris Program.

    “Lake Forest College helped me to develop leadership skills outside of the classroom, which I believe are important in any professional medical field. Also, I felt comfortable taking classes in completely different departments, which helped me to become a more well-rounded student. I couldn’t have asked for a better undergraduate experience.”

  • Karina Nikogosian ’07 ODKarina Nikogosian ‘07 examines the interior of the eye at her optometry externship
    Illinois College of Optometry

     “The professors at Lake Forest College provided me with a nurturing environment where I was able to grow on a personal and intellectual level. The work ethic I developed at Lake Forest College prepared me for the rigorous curriculum at Illinois College of Optometry.”

  • Arun Paul ’05 MD, PhD
    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

     “My undergraduate education and rigorous training in basic science research within a liberal arts context at Lake Forest College taught me the significance of patience, persistence, and pragmatism to survive and succeed in a highly demanding, competitive, and rewarding healthcare professional environment, and how to still maintain a sense of humanism, service, and philanthropy.”

  • Michael White ’07
    Neurology Resident at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

     “Lake Forest College laid the foundation for my career in medicine by providing me with endless opportunities to develop and pursue my interests. In addition, Lake Forest College developed my character and gave me an academic foundation in science that I rely on every day in the hospital. Equally important was learning how to think objectively and scientifically, as well as effective dissemination of knowledge.”

  • Ethan Helm ’07 MD
    University of Arkansas College of Medicine

     “Lake Forest College prepared me for medical school by teaching me to think critically. My classes were not designed to ram hundreds of forgettable details down my throat, but instead, to teach me how to obtain and process information. This training has been invaluable to me.”

  • Simon Kotlyar ’99 MD, MSC
    Medical School for International Health

     About his UN mission in Liberia: “The commitment to each student is what stands out in my memory of the learning environment at Lake Forest College. Knowing the science is the first step, just as important, however, is figuring out how to translate one’s knowledge into practice. The first part demands academic rigor, the second requires guidance and mentorship. I respected this dichotomy as a student at LFC and I strive to impart this standard in my work today.”

  • Mithaq Vahedi ’08 MD
    Jefferson Medical College of
    Thomas Jefferson University

      “Lake Forest College has provided me with the ideal education on my path to becoming a physician. I was taught how to think independently, and to find answers to the myriad questions I had. The excellence of professors at Lake Forest College is manifested by their wholehearted dedication to teaching and their love for research. I am grateful to my professors who were always available to answer my questions and guide me. Students, take full advantage of the exemplary learning environment at Lake Forest College!”

  • Alexandra Charron ’09 MD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

     About her volunteer work in Kenya: “My time at Lake Forest College provided a great base to build on my experiences to achieve my goal of going to medical school. Being a small school, it was so easy to get involved in research and extracurriculars. The pre-health advisers were a huge asset, with their extensive knowledge of what would make me a great applicant and their willingness to go above and beyond to help me achieve my goals. I wouldn’t be where I am without the people at Lake Forest College.”