North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alina, a biochemistry major, always knew she wanted to be a doctor. It didn’t take long to discover the many ways North Central College could help her achieve that goal.

“I love North Central because of the opportunities it provides,” Alina says. “Through the College Scholars program I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was able to take a cadaver anatomy course designed for American students interested in healthcare. I became involved in the biology honors society TriBeta, the Senior Class Gift Committee, tutoring at EDGE, the orientation staff and even cheerleading. These experiences got me into medical school and helped mold my character.”

Alina will attend the University of Illinois College of Medicine after she graduates from North Central. She’s grateful the College’s faculty has always been willing to help her along her journey.

“I love that my professors know me by name. I'm not just a number here. I sit on committees with faculty, do research with faculty and have faculty members overseeing my honors thesis. They know me well. It makes for a great letter of recommendation when your professors are personally interested in your success.”