for Healthcare Education
at Miami University
Student Profile: Madeline Dicks (Class of 2013)
- zoology major with a minor in French
- from Chagrin Falls, OH
- in the Honors Program
- member of the Mallory-Wilson Center Student Advisory Board
"My education at Miami has been enriching, extremely rewarding and variable. As a zoology major and French minor with pre-medical intent, I've been able to find the time to participate in many other exciting pursuits. Not only has my education been enhanced by the Honors Program, it has been expanded both globally and locally."
Study Abroad in France
"I'd have to say that my study abroad experience in France has been the highlight of my undergraduate career. It seems like just yesterday I was stepping out of the train, abandoning my life in Ohio; nervous, yet excited for the experiences and challenges that lay before me in this strange, unexplored country. I had no idea that the next six months would be the best of my life. I went to France knowing no one, barely knowing the language; however, I left France having more than I could have ever asked for.
"During the semester, I studied the French language at the Université Paul Valéry. Each day consisted of 5-6 hours of intensive language study ranging from grammar, writing, oral practice, and phonetics. I met amazing people from different countries including Ecuador, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, Brazil, China, Russia, Japan and, of course, France. I can honestly say that I made friends that will last me a lifetime and who quite possibly know me better than I even know myself. It was an experience that I will never forget and I only hope that I will one day be able to return to Montpellier again!"
Miami University Rowing Club
"I joined the Miami's Rowing Club just three weeks into my freshman year, and immediately, I knew that it would become one of the best decisions I would ever make during my undergraduate career. Through these past two years, many aspects of the crew team have shaped me into the person that I have become; from the individual members that I've grown particularly close with, to finding the motivation to wake up at five in the morning to practice before class, to racing in some of the most prestigious regattas in the east. This team holds a very close place in my heart and I've met many amazing individuals who have become some of my closest friends!"
"As a pre-medical student, I'm extremely interested in the human body and how it can be manipulated into something new, forming it into a piece of art. Last summer I was fortunate enough to shadow two plastic surgeons, learning from their differing techniques and personal medical knowledge. Throughout my time with each surgeon, I was able to step into patient consultations and see many different types of surgeries. Some of these included breast augmentation and reconstruction, mastoplexy, mastectomy, liposuction, brachioplasty, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, Botox, juvederm, areola tattooing, and laser treatments. I loved this opportunity because I experienced the realities of the career that I intend to pursue and it also made me aware that I was not negatively affected by certain aspects of surgery. That summer inspired me to continue my pre-medical path at Miami and look into not only plastic surgery but also reconstructive surgery."