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May 2018: Biology major prepares for medical school

Dorianna Dobson

From: Rome, Ga.

Major: Biology with a pre-med concentration.

Activities/Research: Honors program, president of Eta Sigma Alpha for three years, peer mentor for the Emerging Leaders program, child-life volunteer on Navicent Health’s general pediatrics floor. Did research in Dr. Nathan Lord’s Insect Systematics and Evolution lab. Active member of Alpha Delta sorority, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society.

Why Georgia College: As cliché as it sounds, I fell in love with Gerogia College the moment I stepped foot on campus. The students, faculty and staff were approachable and friendly and actually took time to answer my questions in-depth. I remember speaking with Dr. Kenneth Saladin and Dr. Indiren Pillay during spring-fest of my senior year of high school. They were two key people in selling me on the greatness of this institution. They are two role models of mine today! 

Plans after graduation: I’ll be applying to medical school in June and pursuing a research opportunity at Vanderbilt University this summer and possibly into the fall.

Study abroad: I took a two-week study abroad trip to San Salvador Island, Bahamas in May of 2016 with Dr. Melanie Devore, where I developed a whole new appreciation for the environment and ecological studies. We spent a great deal of time collecting data and surveying reefs during this course. The goal of doing small-scale fieldwork was to better understand the impact a multitude of species can have on ecosystems.

Favorite professor and why? Dr. Nathan Lord (evolutionary biologist/entomologist) has been my research advisor for the past two years. He taught me how to become a better academic and future professional. As a mentor, he went above and beyond to advance my research skills and professional-development skills, which includes curriculum vitae writing and interviewing skills. He also consistently makes himself available to review personal statements, applications and even class projects that are not related to the lab. I believe what makes the mentorship even more enriching is that he cares deeply about every single one of his students. We joke in the lab about how we constantly “bug” him (pun intended) for life advice and dump our drama on top of his already-overflowing plate. He is the living, breathing example of altruism and a great role model. I can speak on behalf of other students in that he always strives to make time for us and we cannot thank him enough. 

How did you change in college? I have grown tremendously during these past few years. I had a narrow-minded view of what it meant to be a leader. Georgia College has inspired me to never settle for mediocracy and to keep pushing to be the best version of myself I can be. I’ve gained so much knowledge inside and outside of the classroom that will apply to my future endeavors. 

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