MWU Now Stories

Athens Graves

College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

There is a small community of people that share the same experiences getting here as I did, and I want people to know that and feel inspired by it.

  • Michelle Mahmood

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

    I hope to prove to my cultural community that women can be doctors too.

  • Ashley Brown

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2024

    Through my volunteer experiences, public service work, and clinical experience, I realized that medicine offered me the ability to engage in all the areas I loved.

  • Oluwatobi (Tobi) Oyeniyi

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2025

    I chose Midwestern University because the values of the school align with the type of physician I want to be in the future.

  • Grant Sealock

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2022

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Midwestern during my interview. It became naturally comforting throughout the tour and by the end, it was somewhere I felt I could call home.

  • Chong Lee

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2022

    First and foremost, I chose optometry because I wanted to show the younger generation of the Hmong community that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.

  • Chloe Kaunitz

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2023

    Once I realized that medical school was an option for me, I decided that I wanted to become the type of doctor that my friends had lacked.

  • Daryle Howard

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2025

    I have always been interested in people. How we act and what makes us tick has always been very intriguing to me. I have always loved sociology and psychology and helping people is always top of mind for me.

  • Christianna Belt

    M.B.S. Program, 2022

    Midwestern University has taught me the importance of clinical based research and I hope to someday apply this insight to finding the best suited treatment therapies for my patients.

  • Celine Gabai, O.D.

    Arizona College of Optometry, 2017

    I use my clan and kinship terms with my patients to make them feel welcome and more at ease.

  • Gabriela Carmona

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2024

    You are the product of your ancestors’ sacrifices. Among the many barriers that you may face, do not give up. Your resilience will be compensated, and most importantly: do not be afraid to ask for help when you have questions.

  • Ariana Carrillo-Ortega

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2023

    Your culture is a strength, not a barrier, so take your culture and apply it to every aspect of your journey. My advice to all my fellow brothers and sisters is to continue to dream without borders. I challenge the Latinx community to ask yourself: If not you, then who?

  • Graciela Reynoso

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2023

    Use your community and culture as a resource. Our collectivist culture values community and takes great pride in our Latin roots, which is a great strength for us. ‘Piensa que puedes y podras!’ Believe you can and you will!

  • Madai Perez

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, 2024

    My best advice to other first-generation college students who come from a Hispanic background like me is to never give up. Believe in yourself that you are exactly where you meant to be.

  • Mirna Elena Flores

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, 2022

    Just as I had people on my way helping me to achieve this dream, there will always be someone to help you. You are not alone. Once you get to where you want to be, don’t forget to pass it on and help others achieve their dreams, too.

  • Joseph Delgado

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2024

    At Midwestern, I know my voice will be heard and I know I will have a strong hand in deciding my path through the four-year program.

  • Caitlyn Albano

    College of Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology, 2024

    I fell in love with the school’s atmosphere and the energy it had. It was honestly one of my most challenging and memorable interview experiences, and it gave me the ability to meet a lot of the faculty and get a sense of the true environment there.

  • Deborah Chambers

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2022

    Midwestern stood out from other programs in that the faculty's experience… gave me confidence that they not only knew their field but also knew how to disseminate the knowledge of their field in an expert manner.

  • Katelyn Necco

    Biomed (M.S.), 2022

    I have put my blood, sweat, and (many) tears into this path and I know that this program will only assist me into taking my next step to becoming a physician.

  • Sky Humes

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2024

    I was thoroughly impressed with just about every aspect of Midwestern while going through and finishing the Biomed program. The professors and administration sincerely want to see students succeed.

  • Jessica Watt

    College of Veterinary Medicine, 2024

    I enjoy that we are taught from the start to look at our fellow students as our support system rather than competition. Knowing how versatile, talented, and supportive my class is entering vet school lowers the intimidation factor immensely.

  • Nicholas Schieldt

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2024

    The University is dedicated to the medical profession, and I find comfort in knowing that everyone around me has the same goal.

  • Nicholas Windauer

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, 2024

    Midwestern not only has this technology in its clinic but also allows its students the chance to become a master in their clinical use.

  • Christopher Little

    College of Health Sciences, Cardiovascular Science, 2022

    I chose Midwestern because the students who did their clinicals from Midwestern at Abbott were some of the most confident, technically skilled, and knowledgeable of anyone.

  • Bryanna Johnson

    College of Health Sciences, 2023

    I chose Midwestern because not only do I want to be a competent therapist, but I also aspire to be a leader in this field. I was impressed with the emphasis on leadership and mentorship that Midwestern has.

  • Allison Rushing, D.P.T.

    College of Health Sciences, 2012

    Being a student at Midwestern University was definitely hard work and fast-paced, but it was not competitive here. Everyone just wanted to help each other and in that aspect it was just really welcoming. People studied together and shared ideas.

  • Barbara Adams

    College of Health Sciences, 2014

    I studied to become a podiatrist in part because of my own experiences working at a running shoe store.

  • Brooke Siesel

    College of Health Sciences, 2018

    Midwestern University helped me be a practitioner who can utilize my understanding of patients' occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.