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Jake Sypniewski Reflects on Kalamazoo College Experience

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After graduating from Kalamazoo College in June with a degree in chemistry, Jake Sypniewski plans on beginning a Postbaccalaureate Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland this fall before moving on to medical school.

In addition to his coursework, Jake completed an internship as a clinical research assistant at Bronson Department of Neurology in Kalamazoo. For his SIP (Senior Individualized Project), Jake worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan in the Department of Radiology (Division of Nuclear Medicine/PET Chemistry), working on the development and evaluation of a new PET radioprobe for Alzheimer's Disease. Jake also studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he focused on medical Spanish.

"My study abroad experience was one of my most notable experiences at K," Jake said. "It taught me to appreciate the healthcare system, lifestyle, and culture of another country and Latin America as a whole."

Jake was a defensive back for the Hornet football team. He earned All-MIAA Second Team honors his senior year after leading the team and the conference with five interceptions. He tied a school record with three interceptions in the 2019 season-opener against Oberlin and had a career-high 14 tackles against Olivet in 2018.

"Playing football at K helped me learn to schedule and manage my time effectively," Jake said."K also helped me understand the importance of networking, proactivity, and resilience."

Jake said that going pre-med is "100 percent doable...it all comes down to the mental approach to schoolwork, scheduling, and motivation."

He cited Dr. Blaine Moore (Biology), Dr. Jeffrey Bartz (Chemistry), Dr. Regina Stevens-Truss (Chemistry), and Dr. Robert Batsell (Psychology) as professors with significant impacts on molding him as a scientist, a learner, and a person.