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Natalie Stucky

Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas
Major: History: Social Justice (Individualized)
Class: 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 2011–12 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.

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