Sean Kisch ’18 of Elgin, Illinois, is a biology and chemistry major at Illinois College. His goal is to become a pediatrician. During his time at IC, he has had an internship working with a psychiatrist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, as well as, helping with a pilot study on dementia at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. 

“I gained so much valuable knowledge and experience from the internship,” Sean said. “I met many different doctors and psychologists that gave me advice on my approach to my final years at IC and graduate school. I also learned a ton about conducting research, writing proposals and papers, and statistical methods.” 

Another valuable learning experience was on a BreakAway to Jamaica. “It was such an eye-opening experience to be able to have such an in-depth look at a culture completely foreign to my own,” Sean said. “Usually when I travel I stay in tourist friendly areas and don’t see much of how the native population lives. But in Jamaica we stayed in Kingston, which typically doesn’t have many tourists. It broadened my learning because I got to visit schools and hospitals in Jamaica which gave me a different perspective to healthcare and education.”

Illinois College has given Sean the opportunity to gain both educational and real world knowledge. “The liberal arts component allows you to learn across different departments and the small class sizes will allow you to get more out of your education,“ Sean said. “All the different internships and learning experiences that IC offers will make you more desirable by graduate schools and employers.”

Sean added, “Take advantage of internships and undergraduate research. Nothing is more valuable in the sciences.”

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