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— Josh Chittum ’09

Natalie Stucky

Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas
Major: History: Social Justice (Individualized)
Class of 2013

During the summer of 2011, Natalie Stucky was accepted into the University of Kansas’ prestigious Scholars in Rural Health program, which only takes 10-15 students at a time. Students who satisfactorily complete the program earn automatic admission to the KU School of Medicine. Moreover, she was a three-time qualifier for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament and served as the student body president for the 2011-2012 school year.

What brought you to Bethel?
Bethel allowed me to participate in Forensics, while simultaneously focusing on my studies. Many of the other programs that I visited did not seem to comprehend that I wanted to be a student first and participant second.
How did you become interested in studying/practicing medicine?
My Grandmother and Mother both work in the medical field. My Grandmother is a retired nurse and my Mom is a laboratory supervisor. So, I have just grown up around medicine my entire life.
How did you react when you found out you were accepted into KU’s prestigious scholars in rural health program?
I was shocked and ecstatic. I remember rushing about to go tell someone, anyone that I was accepted, but the only person around was asleep. It was a little bitter sweet.
What are the requirements for being in this program?
I had to be a Kansas resident with an ACT/SAT score at or above the 75th percentile. I need to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA as well as a 3.5 GPA in the science curriculum. I must shadow a physician for a minimum of 40 hours and write a five page case report each semester. Finally, I will need to complete a community health project by May of my Senior year.
What were some of the highlights from your job shadowing position at Cottonwood Pediatrics this past summer?
I really liked learning the techniques needed to use the instruments correctly. On a child, you only have a split second that they will hold still and so the tricks that the doctors have are really fascinating.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
A Thresher is someone that will succeed in life because of the great education and community that Bethel has to offer.