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Drew Cox Dreams Of A Bilingual Family Practice

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Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Med) and Spanish | School of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences | Honors College | May 2018

Why did you choose UMKC?

The city and the modern campus. The faculty at the School of Biological Sciences give me opportunities.

What are your lifelong goals?

Being a family doctor with a bilingual practice. I really want to interact with patients.

How has your college program inspired you?

The Honors College has inspired me to strive for success both inside and outside of the classroom. It can be easy to solely focus on academics, but being a well-rounded student demands finding a balance between school and outside involvement. I am president of LASO (Latin American Student Organization) and a Resident Assistant.

What excites you?

Spanish, UMKC because of so many close relationships, being an RA because it’s being part of a team, the Royals, special events, movies with friends.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

Since entering college, I have learned that my interests expand far beyond the natural sciences alone. With the help of professors in the Honors College and in different departments at UMKC, I have been able to explore my interests in Spanish and Latina/Latino Studies. I have also come to understand the value of leadership. Leadership roles that I have taken around campus have offered me invaluable opportunities, connections and experiences.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

In class my freshman year, a professor told me, “Don’t pass up any opportunities –big or small – that come your way.” Transitioning from high school to college, a student cannot expect to immediately land a huge internship, be the head of an organization, or develop a strong bond with a professor. Rather, it is important that all students realize the significance of the “little things” that ultimately develop into the bigger goals that they have set for themselves.

Are you a first generation college student? If so, what does that mean to you?

As a first generation college student, I have only become more driven to succeed in accomplishing my educational goals. Educational level does not determine a person’s worth, but it can provide the opportunity to accomplish one’s ultimate goals.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is of the unknown. As a very future-focused student, it can be difficult not knowing where I will be in the next five years, let alone next semester. I am working on living in the present, doing what I can today to accomplish my long-term goals.

What is one word that best describes you and why?

“Driven” is a word that describes me well because I push myself to succeed in everything that I do. I have become involved with a number of organizations and programs that reflect my diverse interests, making a busy schedule more enjoyable and rewarding.

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