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Grace Raines

Corps Grad ’15

Grace RainesI am currently in my first year of medical school at the University of Alabama Birmingham. I am hoping to be a pediatric oncologist eventually. Also, I am in the Army and will be headed to Fort Sam Houston for six weeks this summer for BOLC. I volunteer at the Humane Society and play intramural soccer. I am staying super busy, but am having a blast!

What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
My favorite memories at The Citadel are with the women’s Bible study that met on Thursday nights. Although I could not always make it, those Thursday nights were relaxing and fun. It was little reminder of life outside the gates. I loved being surrounded by nice women and being able to talk about the past week. It was a safe space where we could unwind for a while and grow in faith and fellowship. I always left a little bit happier and ready to take on the week ahead.

Grace-Raines as a cadet

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
The Citadel has positively impacted my life in many ways. I have met friends that care about me, push me, and challenge me. They will forever be in my life because we went through something entirely unique. The Citadel taught me how to deal with adversity and with people who do not necessarily agree with me. I learned how to handle myself and grew stronger in the process while learning how to enjoy the little moments. The Citadel has given me a little more confidence and resilience as I continue on my academic and professional journey.

I think the hard work that The Citadel requires in addition to the mentors I met while at the Citadel got me to where I am now. I had incredible role models who took the time to get to know me and what I wanted to do after college. I had a coach who respected my academic priorities and I had teachers who pushed my limits in the classroom. The Citadel taught me time management, how to prioritize, and how to work hard. It also taught me how to handle failures. I have used every lesson that I have learned while at The Citadel during medical school. The Citadel allowed me to stay focused on my goal as well as ample opportunities to succeed and set myself apart in order to allow me to work towards being a doctor.

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