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Peyton Schrag ’17

The first time he visited campus, Peyton Schrag ’17 was drawn in by Professor Shubhik DebBurman’s teaching style. Today, he helps out with the very same lecture.


This major in biology and minor in Spanish and neuroscience from Marseilles, Illinois, is a Forester you should know. 

Q: What drew you to Lake Forest College?

A: “I was looking for a small school because I wanted that relationship with professors and wanted to get involved in extracurriculars. I also was looking for a school with a good science program that was close to home. This is about two hours away from where I live, so Lake Forest fit those three criteria. When I came to campus for the first time, I sat in on the lecture that Dr. DebBurman gives to visiting students. I enjoyed his style of teaching. He’s easy to pay attention to. He’s lecture-based, but he gets the class involved in one way or another.”

Q: Have you had experiences here—besides your classes—that have helped prepare you for your future career?

A: “I was pretty sure coming here that I wanted to go into medicine. Now, I plan to go to osteopathic medical school and practice alternative medicine. Three opportunities, in particular, have brought me closer to accomplishing that goal. The summer after my sophomore year, I was able to go to Costa Rica to study medicinal plants as part of the Grace Groner Program. I lived for two months with a host family, learned about medicinal plants, and worked in research. The other two experiences I’m doing now—an internship at Lake Forest Acute Care, which is an urgent care center where I’m working alongside nurses and doctors, taking vitals, doing simple tests, and taking patient histories, and the other is working as a Spanish interpreter at the Interprofessional Community Clinic at Rosalind Franklin University Health Systems. I help facilitate the conversation between medical students and the patients. I love the patient interaction.”

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: “I like to stay busy. As part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, I attend events both on and off campus that help me grow in my faith. I enjoy going to the gym—working out and playing basketball or football. I also enjoy watching NFL football (I’m a Packers fan) and hanging out with friends.” 

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: “I’d like to go to a Spanish-speaking country again to improve my Spanish. Ideally, I would like to work in a clinic similar to what I’m doing now with my internship, but working all in Spanish. I’ve also thought about working as a scribe while applying for medical school. I’m pretty open about where I want to go.” 

Q: Any advice for new students?

A: “Take advantage of the opportunities outside of classes. That’s the aspect of college that’s allowed me to grow the most. Talk to your professors. They can help you a lot more than you know.” 

Q: Parting words?

A: “Approach every day like it’s your best day.”