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Matt

  • Home: Illinois
  • Major: Biology

"What really sets the sciences at Franciscan apart, however, is that God doesn’t get left out of the classroom."

Two things attracted me to Franciscan. First, the passionately Catholic atmosphere and community: The people here are trying to be saints, and that’s an incredible thing to be a part of. Second, I knew Franciscan could help me realize my dream of becoming a doctor.

The biology and chemistry programs are incredibly challenging. I’ve had to die to myself in order to meet the rigorous demands of the program. It’s more than worth it though. On top of the coursework, I’m also getting the chance to do research with my professors as part of the Franciscan Institute for World Health. For me, that research includes an internship at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, where I get to work alongside a team doing Neglected Diseases research. That’s an opportunity few students from anywhere get because internships in the pharmaceutical industry are so competitive.

What really sets the sciences at Franciscan apart, however, is that God doesn’t get left out of the classroom. I’ve come to understand more fully why I believe what I believe, and I’ve learned how to stand firm in that. For Catholics who want to be doctors in this day and age, that’s essential.

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