How did you overcome the challenges you faced in earning your degree?
After the first year of my undergraduate degree, I was faced with debilitating anxiety. I was afraid that I had to pause my education because I simply could not get out of bed. I had a lot of support from my husband and the rest of the family.
I took the time to reflect on ways I could combat the ailment. I knew that I would forever regret leaving school for any reason. The hard work paid off and I was able to return to the classroom.
A year after that, my mother had to leave Ukraine and stay with my family here. It was difficult to focus on schoolwork while the tragedy was unfolding. But I was inspired by the strong women in my family and could not stop working for the better of my patients' future. In the end, the pressure made me the resilient and determined scholar I am today.
How did your involvement impact your experience?
In my first year at Stout, I became a member of the Pre-Health Society and became obsessed with the opportunities the club offered. I was elected president for the next two years. It is with a heavy heart that I leave the team I organized so many events with. Blood drives, bone marrow donor sign-ups, the Relay for Life, speaker nights and dozens of other events taught me about working with a team and making a true difference.
I have received a few scholarships: Howe HE Scholarship; Enger Scholarship; WI Regents Opportunity Scholarship; and Herman Arneson Scholarship. The trust and support I received from the people who chose me as an awardee inspired me to one day establish my own scholarship.