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Rich Sanker, Director, Prehealth Studies

Medicine has always been part of my life. For some reason, I always found my way into the emergency room or doctor's office for one random accident or another. As a result, I thought for sure I was destined for a career in medicine, but I just did not guess it would be in the capacity of prehealth studies. When people ask if I am a doctor, I always have to explain that I am not a real doctor, but I act like one when I am at school.

When I started college, it was with the intent to become a medical doctor, but after a few experiences volunteering in a hospital, I quickly realized that medicine was not my calling. I really do love medical science, but who would have guessed that it would be hard to work with all the sick people. Nevertheless, I quickly found my passion for education and working with college students. It seemed to be the ideal opportunity to combine my two passions when a position in the Prehealth Office became available.

I am blessed to be surrounded by medical professionals most of my adult life. In my opinion, they are the most interesting individuals with the very best stories and life experiences. I find my life is enriched by their very presence. I guess that is one of the reasons that I found my way into the field of prehealth studies. This dynamic is especially true with the prehealth students. They have great passion for learning and devotion for helping others and they push their limits everyday. Everyday, I am inspired but what they accomplish in the classroom and out in the community. This is one of the reasons I am so excited about this new Prehealth ELG. It will be a great forum for discussion and programming that will really allow us to get to know the students and share in their future aspirations.

When I am not doing fun prehealth activities, I love to spend my time being a cool dad with my family, running through the hills of Texas, climbing rocks and reading great literature. Hopscotch is my best sport. I love to make everyday an adventure if possible, so am always trying to find news ways to get back into that emergency room. Hopefully, I will see many of you at the Student Life Center or the Bear Trail when I do not see you in class.