North Central College - Naperville, IL

Courtney Maxwell

Courtney enjoys North Central’s liberal arts curriculum so much, she’s looking for graduate schools that offer the same sort of experience.

“I enjoy integrating multiple fields,” she says. “I recently found out there are pharmacy schools that offer both a Pharm.D. and an M.B.A. Focusing not just on the science side of pharmacy, but on the business side as well, really excites me.”

At North Central, Courtney is majoring in biochemistry to prepare for pharmacy school.

“Science students are not only prepared in the classroom, they also have research and job opportunities within their fields of study,” she says. “The program isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile should come easily. I truly believe hard work and determination are the keys to success.”

There are several perks to studying at North Central, including the College’s dedicated pre-health advisor. “It’s great having one-on-one conversations with her about my pre-pharmacy plans,” Courtney says. “Having someone who can tell you about volunteer opportunities, job shadowing, entrance exams and application processes means a lot. I feel comfortable asking any time I have a question.”

Sara Ruzicka

Sara spent a year at another college before making the switch to North Central. It’s a decision she’ll never regret.

“When I came here, it was a completely different experience and it’s made me a better person. I was challenged more than I’d ever been before, but my professors helped me through it,” she says. “North Central is an amazing school to attend—especially if you’re interested in going into science.”

Sara plans to enroll in the Rush University College of Nursing’s Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) program to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner after she graduates from North Central. An affiliation agreement between the two institutions guarantees qualified North Central graduates admission into the GEM program.

Sara learned about that opportunity after consulting with North Central’s dedicated pre-health advisor.

“I feel like I’m prepared for the program because I’ve learned so much here. The faculty has given me the information and lab skills I need to do well in nursing. They’ve prepared me to keep trying and never give up, no matter how hard I think the material is.”

Mackenzie Goralski

Mackenzie has a hard time relating to her friends from other schools when they mention hard-to-reach professors. That’s never been a problem for her at North Central College.

“My friends don’t know any of their professors and I often think about how much that must hinder their learning,” Mackenzie says. “I love knowing that my professors are available when I need extra help and that I’m not just a face. I’m a person they recognize and know by name.”

Mackenzie, a biology major, didn’t know exactly which field she wanted to go into when she arrived on campus. Since deciding to become a physician assistant, she says North Central’s faculty has “helped immensely with making sure I see my dreams through.”

“The pre-health advisor helped me plan classes and extracurricular activities so I can apply to a vast number of schools,” she says. “Becoming a physician assistant is all about helping people, and I learn so much about that from the people and professors around me at North Central.”

Nhung Son

Nhung’s decision to pursue a career in physical therapy was an easy one.

“I like making little differences that bring smiles,” says Nhung. “Having someone say ‘thank you’ to me is more than a blessing.”

At North Central College, she’s not alone in that regard. “Everyone here is willing to help without any hesitation,” says Nhung, who grew up in Vietnam. “I transferred from a community college where I was not able to have one-on-one time with my professors. Here, however, the professors are absolutely dedicated to helping with any questions I have—even if they’re not related to class.”

Nhung has taken full advantage of the opportunities North Central offers for students pursuing a career in physical therapy. She’s an active member of the College’s student-run Pre-Health Organization and regularly consults with the dedicated pre-health advisor.

“She makes sure I know everything about my field of interest and what I should be doing to get ready for it,” she says.

Morgan Wichman

From the moment she put on her first pair of glasses, Morgan wanted to be an optometrist. She had a similar feeling the first time she visited the campus of North Central College.

“I knew this was the school I would graduate from,” Morgan says. “The close-knit community made me feel at home, which was nice because I come from a smaller town.”

Morgan, a biology major and psychology minor, is very active both on and off campus. During her junior year, she recruited three classmates to accompany her on a medical mission trip to Honduras. She learned about the opportunity through her hometown optometrist, who hired Morgan as an intern and part-time employee.

“On the trip, I was able to use an autorefractor on patients before they saw the optometrist.  All of my professors were very supportive and flexible about tests and labs [I missed while I was away].”

Morgan says her classes at North Central are “definitely a challenge,” but she’s grateful because “if they weren’t, I wouldn’t be ready for optometry school.” She’s an active member of the Pre-Health Organization and Circle K, which gives her additional volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

“The experiences you have in and out of the classroom will be lifetime memories,” she says.

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

Medical mission inspires North Central pre-health majors

Four North Central College pre-health majors journey to Honduras for a medical mission.

Morgan Wichman ’14 always wanted to travel to Honduras with an optometrist from her hometown of Freeport, IL, for a medical mission. She decided this was the year to take a week in February for the mission—if she could find friends to travel with. It didn’t take long for three North Central friends to say “I’m in” and make plans for the World Gospel Outreach-sponsored trip.

North Central College earns White House recognition for community service

North Central College has earned a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Volunteer efforts by North Central College students, faculty and staff have earned the College a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

College hosts symposium on Global and Environmental Health

Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.
North Central College presents Feb. 19 symposium in Global Human Rights series, featuring two keynote speakers, sessions by faculty and students.

North Central College will host a symposium on Global and Environmental Health, featuring two keynote speakers with expertise on the subject—Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.—and sessions led by College faculty and students on Feb. 19.

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