Success: Nicole Morrow

Nicole Morrow ’15 is not an idle person. Currently a second year medical student, she also is University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine’s Medical Student Ambassador Program Secretary, a member of the Des Moines Branch Leadership Committee, and involved with planning one of the university’s many philanthropies, Ride4Youth. But she says she may not have attended medical school at all, if not for her tenure at Mount Mercy.

“I don’t know if I would have been accepted into medical school or even ended up making the decision to apply to medical school if I hadn’t attended Mount Mercy,” Morrow said. “But because I did, I have realized one of my proudest moments so far: getting into University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.”

“I received an amazing education at Mount Mercy, with many different faculty members that actively contributed to my success.”

Nicole Morrow ’15
Medical Student
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA

As the industrious, multifaceted person that Morrow is, at Mount Mercy University she not only double majored in biology and psychology and minored in chemistry, she also was captain of the women’s soccer team, was a student ambassador, a member of the Psi Chi honors society, the Science Club and the Psychology Club, was a biology tutor, research assistant, soccer coach, UnityPoint Health volunteer, and she went on a service learning trip to Belize.

It can be so hard for any student to balance all that they want to experience during college, but Morrow says the atmosphere and most of all the people—faculty and friends—at Mount Mercy helped her to achieve all of the opportunities she pursued.

“Mount Mercy helped teach me the organizational skills I needed to succeed,” she said. “Being involved with campus organizations, soccer, and being pre-med was challenging, but it taught me how to balance my life. This is an essential skill to have in medical school because I would not be successful if I could not balance all of my coursework.”

Morrow said while she was drawn to the smaller class sizes and having a direct connection with the professors, she also found a great sense of community that she was searching for, and that she made lifelong friendships that mean the world to her.

“I received an amazing education at Mount Mercy, with many different faculty members that actively contributed to my success. They all were easy to approach and very helpful. They were excellent mentors and taught me how to think in a way that has been extremely advantageous in my medical education. Medical school builds on this vigorous foundation, so that I’m always learning and figuring out ways to eventually become a better doctor.”

She also wanted a university where she could continue to play soccer, but have a balance between sports and academics.

“I would have regretted not playing soccer for a few more years,” she said. “I don’t think I would have been as happy if had I studied anywhere else.”

When asked for advice she would give to prospective students, Morrow said to reach for even more than a great education.

“The school that pulls you in is the place where you will thrive and be successful. Mount Mercy is a place where you have the opportunity to make your undergraduate experience unique to you, and have the support of peers, faculty, and staff. You will not be a number in a classroom, and you will be able to make lifelong connections.”

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