My name is Becky Hoesli. I graduated in 2009 from Taylor University as a biology/pre-med major. I graduate in 2013 from the University of Michigan Medical School.
While I was at Taylor, my professors challenged me to grow both academically and spiritually; they were available to talk and give advice on anything from school work, to politics, and to life in general. I was able to develop deep relationships with several professors, which still continue today, and I felt comfortable enough to walk into their office at any time and sit down.
These amazing relationships provided multiple opportunities for personal growth as I could interact with people wiser than myself and struggle with issues of faith and questions about life. Their commitment to my personal development played a vital role in the growth of my character and in my ability to think, which has prepared me well for the rigors of medical school.
The open environment for questions provided by Taylor’s professors allowed students to examine and wrestle with ideas while under the supervision of Christians who have done the same. Questions of how science and faith intersect were discussed openly, which equipped me with tools that I continue to use in order to think through moral dilemmas and bioethical questions that arise as I continue in my medical education and as I interact with my fellow classmates. In a world that increasingly believes that science and religion do not overlap, I am able to intelligently articulate how and why faith and science interact in a manner that can connect with both non-Christian and Christians.
While at Taylor, I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, where I did a medical practicum and took a medical physiology class. The medical physiology class was taught by an Ecuadorian professor and was a tremendous asset as the class taught me basic physiological concepts that were extremely helpful during my first year in medical school. The medical practicum afforded me multiple opportunities to see procedures and conditions that I would never get to see in the United States, including a brain surgery. It was also a place of huge spiritual and personal growth as I lived with an Ecuadorian family, was able to see their perspectives on life, and was largely removed from my comfort zone.
Academically, I was more than prepared for my next step: medical school. In 2009 as I transitioned from Taylor to medical school, I remember being initially intimidated by the accomplishments of my soon-to-be classmates, who attended some of the best private and public universities in the nation. However, as I continued through the year, I realized that Taylor’s program provided me with a strong foundation upon which I could learn and succeed. The classes I took at Taylor gave me a deep understanding of the basic processes underlying the physiology of the human body, which made learning the vast amount of information in the first year of medical school more manageable. As I finish my last truly academic year of medical school, I know that my experience at Taylor prepared me with the knowledge and tools I needed to be academically successful.
I hope this information is helpful to you as you make your decisions in the coming months. Trust that God will guide you to where he wants you, and if that is Taylor I know that He will provide an experience that is just as incredible as mine.
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