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Paige Gwynn
Class of 2020
Virginia Campus
Prior School: 
Averett University
Degree: 
Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: 
Danville, VA

Paige Gwynn

I believe that the best way to help others or the world is to be engaged in the whole world and not just the developed parts of it. Regardless of whether the students participate, VCOM gives them the opportunity to do this; they give us an actual chance to make a difference in the world.
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The accomplishment I am proudest of is

The accomplishments I am most proud of are being a first-generation college graduate with honors and being accepted to medical school. Both of my parents graduated from high school but neither attended any type of college. Despite that fact, my mother always enforced in me at a very young age that in order to be able to do the job that I wanted to do (which I had decided was a doctor by age eight),  going to college was a very important part of that process. Throughout the years, she encouraged me that if I always did my best, that would be good enough. Whenever any obstacles or challenges were thrown my way, I remembered what outcome I wanted and I persevered through it all with the help of my family and my faith.

The reason I chose VCOM is

The reason I chose VCOM is that I loved how homey the campus felt and how close the relationships seemed between the students and the faculty/staff when I went for my interview; it really felt like one big family. I also liked that VCOM offered mission trips in other countries to help those in need that do not have immediate access to healthcare. If you ask any person why they chose to go into medicine, their answer would be that they want to help people and/or change the world. I believe that the best way to help others or the world is to be engaged in the whole world and not just the developed parts of it. Regardless of whether the students participate, VCOM gives them the opportunity to do this; they give us an actual chance to make a difference in the world.

I chose to go into medicine because

I chose to go into medicine because of my brother. Having had a stroke at only two days old, and suffering from epilepsy ever since the age of five, he was definitely no stranger to being around doctors. I went with him and my parents to several of his appointments. Anytime there is an injury to the brain, the recovery is always long and extensive. All his doctors, both DOs and MDs, would see the good in the little improvements he had; it made it seem like they were milestones all on their own. They were always so encouraging and never gave up hope, which made us never give up hope. Just showing that they cared was enough to make a difference in one person’s life and I always embodied that feeling; it made me want to be able to do the same in someone else’s life.

My friends would tell you that

My friends would tell you that when describing me I am on two ends of a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum, I am determined and I accomplish anything that I set my mind to do without letting anything get in my way. On the other side of the spectrum is my more personal side. I am very a kind and caring person almost to a fault. I generally do not like to disappoint people, so I will do things that I really don’t want to rather than saying “no”. I prefer to look at it on the bright side and just consider myself a well-rounded person.

When I am not studying I enjoy

When I am not studying I enjoy crafting and/or DIYing. Even when I was younger, I could never have idle hands; I always had to be doing something. I would either pull out my electronic die-cutting machine to create a project completely from scratch, or take something plain and make it my own. I have created family vacation t-shirts, personalized mugs, and even reupholstered a kitchen dining set that I inherited from my grandfather. I always look at how I can improve things and give them my personal touch. It has evolved into a huge stress-reliever.