After completing his bachelor’s of fine arts in dance at Purchase College, Peter Chamberlin immediately began a career with a professional dance company, traveling worldwide and performing for the likes of President Barack Obama, Oprah, and Paul McCartney. After five years, Peter was ready for a change, and wanted to work in a field that allowed him to directly impact the well-being of others. He decided on medicine as a means to pursue that goal, and enrolled in the Postbac Premed Program. During his second semester, Peter lost his mother to cancer, and while it was a heart wrenching experience, it reaffirmed his decision to pursue medicine as one of the most meaningful ways to help ease others’ suffering. While at GS, he volunteered in Brooklyn at New York Methodist Hospital’s Emergency Room as well as with the Kings Against Violence Initiative, a youth violence intervention, prevention, and empowerment program. After graduation, Peter plans to apply to medical school, eventually returning to his rural Maine hometown to practice family medicine.
Born in Sugar Land, Texas, Mary Nwosuocha completed her bachelor’s degree in comparative literary studies at Northwestern University before working for Nordstrom, where she helped high-end clients update their wardrobes or dress for special events. Shortly thereafter, her younger sister, who was still in high school and having trouble at home, moved in with her. The experience of having another person depend on her led Mary to realize she wanted to make a career out of helping those in need, and she enrolled in the Postbac Premed Program to prepare for medical school. As a Postbac student, she volunteered at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a videographer for the COACH program, an online medical education training tool, and also as a research assistant in their Pediatric Emergency Department, where she helped one of the doctors draft her IRB proposal. After graduation, Mary hopes to find a job working as a research or medical assistant while she applies to medical school.