Andrew Medenbach-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 28, 2011

Andrew Medenbach

Senior, B.S in Biological Sciences

"It is a very challenging program and it is a program that will absolutely make you better. You will come to understand the intricacies of biology, especially cellular and sub-cellular biology, and it is a very research-intensive program."

When I was applying to college, I was debating about what direction I wanted to take academically. No one else in my family was a doctor, but I was intrigued by the biology courses that I took in high school.

Today, I enjoy the precision of biology. I have spent countless hours in the lab trying to analyze results. It is very intellectually challenging.

At first when I came here, I was interested in research, in particular genetics. I took the first PhageHunters course offered here; it allowed me to gain research experience during my first year. During my sophomore year, I was taking biochemistry and organic chemistry, which I know a lot of my friends at other colleges didn't take until junior or senior year. This really gave me an advantage in my senior year classes, such as neuroscience. From previous coursework, I really understood why things work the way they did. Also, every professor encourages you to ask why, which is something that I have really appreciated about the program.

At Carnegie Mellon, I'm not just a biological sciences major; I'm a football player, NROTC member, Resident Assistant and founder of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Football took up a huge chunk of my time, but I absolutely loved playing football here. It has taught me a lot about myself. Additionally, ROTC has taught me about leadership and management, specifically how to effectively lead people underneath you and use your resources to lead others. I really feel that it was all of my experiences and activities here at Carnegie Mellon that has made my time in college so successful.

I have also been recognized for my accomplishments through various awards and scholarships. Recently, I was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Society Scholarship and was nominated for an Academic All-American award.

The Navy is sponsoring me to go to Medical School next year. After graduating from medical school, I plan to serve as a naval physician.