Alex Erickson '12

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Name: Alex Erickson

Graduating Class: 2012

Major: Biology

 

Your Story:

I’m Alex Erickson, and I graduated from GAC in May 2012. I am from Minnetonka, MN, and graduated from Hopkins High School. My freshman year of college I attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, before transferring to Gustavus. At Gustavus, I was on the tennis team, in the Tau Mu Tau Sorority, and was a Gustie Greeter.

I chose Gustavus because it had the best balance of everything I wanted in college –a liberal arts school with a great science department, a strong athletics program, and plenty of other social and extracurricular activities to keep you busy.

My interest in pre-medicine started in 10th grade. I took biology and absolutely fell in love with it. I began looking into a medical career while still in high school by talking to and shadowing physicians. I started on a pre-med track at the beginning of college. It wasn’t until my sophomore or junior year though that I decided this is what I 100% wanted to do. The combination of shadowing and informational interviewing was key for me in making this decision, since it gave me a good idea of what different areas of medicine are like.

My most influential experience at Gustavus confirming pre-medicine path was shadowing during one of my J-terms. I was able to learn about so many professions - other than various physicians I shadowed clinical researchers, principal investigators in labs, and those working in medical sales and medical technology development. By seeing all the different areas of science and medicine that I could go into, I knew that being a physician was the best fit for me.

Top Five Activities/Experiences:

  • Shadowing various doctors
  • Playing four years of a varsity sport (tennis)
  • Gustie Greeters
  • Australia/New Zealand J-Term
  • Being a part of the Gustavus community in general

My Class Schedule (click to view PDF)

Advice:

1) Do what you love. Even if you are interested in something that has nothing to do with medicine, still pursue it. Play sports, join clubs, take non-science classes. Although it is important to have some medical experiences so you know what you’re getting into, college is a great time to explore other interests. And oftentimes, these are things that will contribute to your application in ways you can’t predict.

2) Plan ahead. There’s a lot that goes into getting accepted to medical school, so if you can space it out over college your life will be much easier. I scheduled my MCAT way in advance so I could take it during the summer instead of during the school year. Completing your applications early also gives you a huge advantage in the admissions process. Yes, this means you should start working on your personal statement sooner rather than later.

 

Future Plans:

Taking a year off to work and travel. I will be starting med school in fall 2013.

 

 

 

Updated 12/18/12 JMV