The senior won an award from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to support a semester-long exploration of South African society, from Cape Town and its Langa Township to the predominantly Afrikaans city of Stellenbosch.
“My experience was exhilarating,” said McGhee, who is a Wheaton Posse Scholar. “Between my first home stay in Langa to my final home stay in Bo-Kaap, I was overwhelmed with how much this journey did for me, particularly for my spirituality and growth as a person.”
A major in creative writing and literature, McGhee has been deeply interested in the ways in which segregation shapes identity, and how these perspectives are reflected and influenced by literature. Her interest in the narratives of segregated communities arises from her childhood, growing up in a creative community in the Bronx.
Jeffrey Sanborn, a biochemistry major and studio art minor, spent last summer as a Wheaton Fellow interning at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Now he knows for sure how he wants to combine his passion for science and helping people: he plans to go to medical school to become a surgeon.
Examining procedures: “My professors have encouraged me to pursue my passion for medicine, and have given me opportunities to explore different career paths. During my internship, I spent many hours interacting with patients at the clinic. It was a great opportunity for me to witness doctor-patient relationships develop. I found it intriguing to be able to see the perspective of the doctor, already knowing from past experience what it is like to be in the patient’s shoes. I also observed a broad spectrum of specialized surgeries, mainly in the pediatric urology and adult urology departments. I loved observing surgeries. Being in the operating room felt very natural to me. It was here that I developed a very inspirational and motivating friendship with the chairman and chief of adult urology.”
“Professor Stephen Mathis opened my eyes to the contradictions of society’s expectations of women, family and work,” she recalls of the class. “Our discussions were very deep, as students from many majors—including legal studies, women’s studies and philosophy—brought very different ideas to the table.”