Lawrence Gross ’15

University of Michigan ’12; Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Lawrence GrossLawrence is from Michigan. He earned his BA in History and East Asian studies. After graduating, Lawrence worked in an administrative role for Toyota Design and as a litigation paralegal for a business law firm.

“In my last semester as an undergraduate, my classmates and I formed a mental health group on campus that opened me up to thinking about health and wellness. At the time I had been exploring the possibility of a legal career, and while working as a paralegal, I volunteered at the Legal Aid Society’s Access to Benefits Hotline, which serves to answer questions from callers regarding health benefits and other public services. Through talking to people on the hotline, I became more aware of the issue of healthcare accessibility, and I enjoyed the role of serving as a direct resource to people. I realized that a career in medicine would allow me to combine my interests in health, wellness, and science, while serving in a role that would be meaningful and rewarding. Shadowing physicians and volunteering at hospitals reinforced this idea and I decided that pursuing a medical career would be right for me.

“The small class sizes and the supportive, focused learning environment make Bennington a great place to be a postbac student. The teachers are very accessible, and it was a great feeling knowing that I’d be able to ask questions to clarify my understanding of the material. It’s also been helpful having a cohort of postbac students and undergrads who share a similar goal.

“One final bonus of Bennington’s program is the location. Vermont is gorgeous. During study breaks in the summer, my jogs would invariably lead me to stunning scenery of woods, mountains, and green farms. It’s a totally refreshing and distraction-free environment.”