From one of the top students in her Crestwood High School Class of 2014 (10th out of 179), to Hiram College, to getting accepted — as a sophomore — into Northeast Ohio Medical University, which has a 5.9 percent acceptance rate, Rebecca Pochedly has achieved a lot in her time at Hiram.
A Hiram native, Pochedly says she loves the small college town in which she grew up. Here, she developed a strong work ethic, doing chores at her family’s 500-acre farm and greenhouse and fueling her passion “to be the best person she can be,” she says.
As a current junior majoring in biomedical humanities, Pochedly plans to pursue a career as a physician. While she hasn’t yet decided on a specialty, she says she’s certain she “wants to make a difference in people’s lives.” Pochedly’s fellow Terriers have described her as “caring, kind and driven to make the world a better place.”
Pochedly credits her advisor, Sandra Madar, Ph.D., director of strategic academic initiatives and professor of biology and biomedical humanities, with helping her along her path through Hiram. She explains that Dr. Madar has already linked her to a spot with Americorps and, soon, Pochedly expects to turn to her professor for advice on preparing for the MCAT.
Outside of the classroom, Pochedly enjoys long-distance running and was a member of Hiram’s cross country team last year.