“I became very efficient with my time management and overall study skills, and I believe that has further contributed to my success in med school,” she said.
Renehan’s goals, like so many other altruistic Baker students, began with an inclination to help people. Personifying the University mission, Renehan said her motivation to study medicine developed from a story that hit close to home.
“When my grandmother had surgery for breast cancer, her surgeon gave her a handmade card and another homemade gift,” she said. “The generosity and compassion of that act eased not only my grandmother, but also our entire family. That is the type of physician I want to be—to be able to comfort my patients and their loved ones.”
Baker provided Renehan with the perfect place to hone the interpersonal skills crucial to being a good physician. She credits the tight-knit community and her communication with faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members and other students as the driving force behind her early success. During her time here, Baker professors arranged for mock medical school interviews, premed panels and other resources that illustrate the University’s commitment to producing the best professionals.
To continue to enroll these types of talented, compassionate students, however, an upgrade in science and math facilities is necessary.
“New equipment and an overall nicer building would make the appeal of attending Baker even stronger,” Renehan said. “Coupled with small class sizes, the ability to interact with faculty one-on-one and improved lab supplies, potential science majors would view Baker as an even more competitive institution.”