Graduate Profile: Katy Rice
Medical school may have been Katy Rice’s goal while studying biology at Alma College, but she still managed to make time to try as many new things as possible while earning her degree.
From the lab to the gym to halfway around the globe, she was everywhere as an Alma student. In addition to participating in numerous student organizations, the 2011 graduate was a resident assistant who ran tennis and cross-country and studied abroad.
“I met so many wonderful people at Alma,” she says. “The professors are so excited to work with students, and that motivated me to try my hardest and succeed. I also loved my classmates. They made my Alma experience truly amazing.”
Rice now attends the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Not only did her Alma experience help her learn how to balance her time in med school, she says it also taught her other skills essential to her success.
“My Alma experience has helped me to understand and respect other perspectives and work alongside peers from various backgrounds,” she says. “It also taught me how to think critically and be more open minded.“
After traveling to Ghana on a Posey Global Fellowship, Rice co-founded Literacy Beyond Borders, a student organization at Alma that supports world literacy skills. Her commitment to service was a major factor in her decision to attend Wayne State, where she participates in the service-oriented co-curricular program.
“Through this program, students in their first and second years in medical school volunteer 75 hours a year in free clinics, schools and programs designated to improving Detroit,” she says. “Wayne’s dedication to helping those in need parallels my goals. I have enjoyed meeting some amazing people and love doing my part to help improve Detroit.”