Georgetown College student-athletes are dedicated both on the playing field and in the classroom. Two Tiger football players recently showed their dedication to success by helping brainstorm new ways to serve students interested in taking the MCAT and attending medical school.
Earlier this fall, football players Jonathon Bothen and Ryan Stump approached college officials and expressed the potential need for a course specifically designed to help students retain crucial foundational knowledge related to the MCAT exam, especially for students who took Organic Chemistry in the first fall sub-session. The sub-session format implemented this fall changed the schedule, which would allow for a five-week course in the winter term that could achieve these goals.
“The change in the academic calendar that was necessary due to the pandemic had already led us to create a new five-week winter term for this year only,” said Vice President and Dean of the College, Dr. Rosemary Allen. . “As a result, there was a perfect opportunity to add this class of special subjects.”
Visiting assistant professor of chemistry, Dr. Innocent Demshemino, who taught organic chemistry in the fall, took on the challenge of designing a five-week review course entirely online. Georgetown College is offering this course free of charge to all students who took Organic Chemistry in the first subterm this fall to review the MCAT. Eighteen students have registered for the course, and the college plans to offer a similar course after the spring term.
“I applaud the diplomatic and principled self-defense that Ryan Stump and Jonathon Bothen have shown,” Dr Allen said. “They expressed their gratitude to their faculty for their willingness to work so hard during the challenges of the sub-sessions, and they pleaded for their fellow students and their faculty as well as themselves in asking the College to consider the difficulties of the sciences intensive laboratory work under this semester structure.
This student-centered approach is what GC exists for, and these student-athletes truly embody the forward-thinking and dedicated approach of the Georgetown College student body.