2016 STEM Scholar Racquel Sohasky (pictured left) participating in International Women’s Day while in Guatemala

Racquel Sohasky was a STEM Scholar in 2016 when she interned for the Perioperative Clinical Research Institute in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Where are you from?
Sylvania, OH

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Spanish.

What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was learning about the clinical research side of medicine. I had done shadowing and basic science research previously, but this internship allowed me to observe and partake in the process of clinical research. It reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine and pushed me to involve research as part of this career path.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
I would encourage other interns to look for new opportunities to be more involved in their positions throughout the course of their internships. The most growth I experienced during my internship happened when I asked questions and took on new responsibilities.

What are you doing now?
I spent the majority of my spring volunteering in Nuevo Horizonte, Guatemala. During this time I taught English to children from preschool to university levels, worked with a group promoting women’s rights, and volunteered at a local clinic. This fall I will be a first year medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
In ten years I will have finished my medical education and residency. Although the field of anesthesiology has always intrigued me, I would like to remain open-minded going into medical school and therefore do not know in which field of medicine I will eventually specialize. Regardless of specialty, I would like to continue participating in international medical mission work.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I recently read the classic Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom for the first time and absolutely loved it. The book is short and sweet but has wonderful messages about love and generosity anyone can appreciate.

Tell us a fun fact!
Although I was born and raised in northern Ohio, I have participated recreationally in water sports all my life. I cannot think of a better way to spend a day than out on a lake paddleboarding.

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