Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Bhavleen Kaur

Plans after graduation: I am sitting for the MCATs and have sent in my applications for medical schools in Australia. My goal is to start medical school in January/February 2011 at University of Melbourne and my long term goal is to specialize in dermatology and eventually work in a practice alongside other specialists in Australia.

What I hope to learn and contribute: My ultimate goal is not to just become a doctor. I want to have a practice and help those who cannot afford health care. I want to help those who do not speak English, because one is entitled to health care even if they do not have an education. With time, I will try my best to prefect all the languages I have been exposed to and I want to help those who have been abandoned and who are not as fortunate as me to gain an education and watch them fight for a better future.

Favorite professor: Professor Elita-Pastra Landis, because she supported me through thick and thin and provided me with the first opportunity I gained at Wheaton by organizing the Chemistry Scholar Program. Professor Morgan (my advisor) for always supporting me in all that I did and providing me with great advice and always believing in me and never doubting in my capabilities.

Something interesting about me: I am fluent in Bahasa Melayu, Hindi, Punjabi and English and a beginner in Spanish, Cantonese, Tamil, Tagalog and Mandarin. I was exposed to these languages because I was brought up in a multi-racial country (Malaysia).

My parents set me on a plane at the age of 15 and told me that I was going to fly to the US to gain an education and specifically informed me that they were not going to be able to help me (for the next 6 years) after I checked into my flight to the US.

What I’ve learned: I have learned in the past 6 years of being in the US that you have to believe in yourself and never give up. It is never easy, and to achieve success one has to be hardworking and persistent.

I’ll miss: The doors of opportunities that Wheaton provides for students, the amazing advice you receive from professors, the courses that push you to the brink and when you look back you appreciate how much you worked hard for them, and the amazing friends.

Advice for others: My four years in Wheaton has been difficult but amazing only because I took control and worked extremely hard not only for my grades but for all the fellowships and experiences I have gained. I want international students to know how much they can accomplish despite not having an American citizenship.