Michala Brand

“Serving others is a passion of mine, and I am so excited to carry that out through medicine.”

Michala Brand

Major: PsychologyPre-Medicine

Future Goals: After I graduate I will attend medical school with hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist. Serving others is a passion of mine, and I am so excited to carry that out through medicine. While medicine will be a primary focus in my life, I cannot wait to have a big family!

Activities on/off campus: Health-profession Club, Wellness Educator for Mental and Emotional Health, AmeriCorps ICAP Program, Competitive CrossFit and Upward Bound TC

Favorite Class/Favorite professor: My favorite class was Nature and Environmental Literature with Mary Stark. She became a valued mentor and friend. She taught me how to become a better writer and global citizen. I felt challenged each day to be better and think harder.

Internships: Through the ICAP Program, I was able to intern with a non-profit (The Outreach Program), The Well Christian Resource Center in Pella, as well as Iowa Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department. I am so grateful for the opportunity to explore my passion for service with a variety of different organizations in the community.

Fun Fact: A medical mission trip to Tanzania at age 14 was an unforgettable experience that helped me realize I wanted to become a doctor.

Favorite Food in Central Market: Fresh cookies!

Favorite Central Memory so far: This past summer I was a tutor counselor for the Upward Bound program, and it truly changed my life. My coworkers, my administrators and my students taught me more about life, hard work, and my passion for serving others than I could have ever imagined. I learned so much more from them than I could have ever taught them. In six short weeks I found lifelong friends, and grew tremendously as an individual.

What do you like about your major? I love being a psychology major! There is nothing that can compare to having a personal connection with the entire department who challenges me every day. The expectations are high, and my professors push me to succeed. Additionally, the opportunity to complete undergraduate research in my major is invaluable.

What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown. I love books that force me to self-reflect, especially on tough topics such as disappointment, failure and struggle. It is easy to study psychology, but the real challenge comes in applying what we learn in real life.