James Trenhaile

James Trenhaile

Second Year Medical Student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UNL Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Chemistry and Spanish Minors

James Trenhaile

Nebraska prepared me for graduate school just as well if not better than other students in my program who went to other undergraduate colleges. At UNL, students can take classes that correlate with the graduate school curriculum, such as anatomy. So many of my peers did not have access to an anatomy class at their institution, and I believe that taking this class helped me to do well and alleviated a lot of the stress associated with transitioning to medical school my first term.

The pre-professional program at Nebraska encourages the mixture of academic and extracurricular activities. You are challenged in the classroom to help prepare you for the rigor of graduate school, but you are also allowed to assume leadership and social positions that I believe are pertinent to a career. The entire atmosphere at Nebraska promotes well-roundedness. It will help me in my future to relate to my patients and provided an enjoyable experience on which I will always look fondly.

My advice to current and future Nebraska pre-med students - Do what you enjoy! Do you enjoy Spanish or music? Major in that! Do you enjoy biochemistry? Major in that! Don't do something that you're not passionate about just to get to the "next step" in your career. The first, and possibly most important part of enjoying your college years is to enjoy what you study. Enjoy the opportunity to learn because it is truly a privilege!