MWU Now Stories

Chloe Kaunitz

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2023

Once I realized that medical school was an option for me, I decided that I wanted to become the type of doctor that my friends had lacked.

  • Christine Mendoza

    College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, 2024

    I attended Midwestern University because I would be able to stay close to my family. I also chose Midwestern for the state-of-the-art clinic and resources that are available for us to use. The amazing faculty-to-student ratio was also enticing.

  • Sally Arif, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP

    College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove

    Through my classes, I hope students understand the importance of cultural care by gaining self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural adaptability, and respect for others.

  • Mia Felix

    College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2024

    One of my greatest passions is to provide to underrepresented minorities the resources, opportunities, and connections that I didn’t have growing up.

  • Carolina Campos

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2025

    MWU and CCOM seemed like a perfect match for me due to their emphasis on giving back to low-income communities and teaching their students to be compassionate healthcare providers.

  • Shaifali Bhalla, Ph.D.

    College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove

    I believe that the purpose of education is to build character, and to create human beings, not machines.

  • Jose Vargas

    College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, Class of 2022

    Dr. Vargas is now well on his way to a successful career with Dental Partners of Georgia and looks forward to improving the dental health of his patients.

  • Ashton Dessert

    College of Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology Class of 2025

    The best way that healthcare professionals can better serve and care for their LGBTQIA+ clients and patients is by being present and being an advocate alongside them.

  • Athens Graves

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

    There is a small community of people that share the same experiences getting here as I did, and I want people to know that and feel inspired by it.

  • Chong Lee

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2022

    First and foremost, I chose optometry because I wanted to show the younger generation of the Hmong community that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.

  • Ashley Roberts

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2023

    My interest turned into passion once I realized the importance of having physicians that look like me and the need to rectify the disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities.

  • Michelle Mahmood

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

    I hope to prove to my cultural community that women can be doctors too.

  • Halley McDonald

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2026

    This profession combines the ability to empower patients, apply critical thinking in a clinical setting, and build long-term relationships that can change the course of people's lives.

  • Ashley Brown

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2024

    Through my volunteer experiences, public service work, and clinical experience, I realized that medicine offered me the ability to engage in all the areas I loved.

  • Oluwatobi (Tobi) Oyeniyi

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2025

    I chose Midwestern University because the values of the school align with the type of physician I want to be in the future.

  • Grant Sealock

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2022

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Midwestern during my interview. It became naturally comforting throughout the tour and by the end, it was somewhere I felt I could call home.

  • Kevin Cabrera

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2023

    I get to study medicine being supported by the people who mean the most to them and I get to make them proud.

  • Daryle Howard

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2025

    I have always been interested in people. How we act and what makes us tick has always been very intriguing to me. I have always loved sociology and psychology and helping people is always top of mind for me.

  • Christianna Belt

    M.B.S. Program, 2022

    Midwestern University has taught me the importance of clinical based research and I hope to someday apply this insight to finding the best suited treatment therapies for my patients.

  • Celine Gabai, O.D.

    Arizona College of Optometry, 2017

    I use my clan and kinship terms with my patients to make them feel welcome and more at ease.

  • Gabriela Carmona

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2024

    You are the product of your ancestors’ sacrifices. Among the many barriers that you may face, do not give up. Your resilience will be compensated, and most importantly: do not be afraid to ask for help when you have questions.

  • Ariana Carrillo-Ortega

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2023

    Your culture is a strength, not a barrier, so take your culture and apply it to every aspect of your journey. My advice to all my fellow brothers and sisters is to continue to dream without borders. I challenge the Latinx community to ask yourself: If not you, then who?

  • Graciela Reynoso

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2023

    Use your community and culture as a resource. Our collectivist culture values community and takes great pride in our Latin roots, which is a great strength for us. ‘Piensa que puedes y podras!’ Believe you can and you will!

  • Madai Perez

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, 2024

    My best advice to other first-generation college students who come from a Hispanic background like me is to never give up. Believe in yourself that you are exactly where you meant to be.

  • Mirna Elena Flores

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, 2022

    Just as I had people on my way helping me to achieve this dream, there will always be someone to help you. You are not alone. Once you get to where you want to be, don’t forget to pass it on and help others achieve their dreams, too.

  • Joseph Delgado

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2024

    At Midwestern, I know my voice will be heard and I know I will have a strong hand in deciding my path through the four-year program.

  • Caitlyn Albano

    College of Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology, 2024

    I fell in love with the school’s atmosphere and the energy it had. It was honestly one of my most challenging and memorable interview experiences, and it gave me the ability to meet a lot of the faculty and get a sense of the true environment there.

  • Deborah Chambers

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, 2022

    Midwestern stood out from other programs in that the faculty's experience… gave me confidence that they not only knew their field but also knew how to disseminate the knowledge of their field in an expert manner.