Zach Schwartz ’14

Colorado State University ’12; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Zach SchwartzZach is from Colorado. He studied Music and Philosophy at CSU. After graduation, Zach travelled, and worked as an aid for people with Muscular Dystrophy.

“My interest in medicine came about gradually. When I was eighteen I did a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School, which included a wilderness first responder course. I found I really enjoyed the kind of thinking involved in medicine, and so when I was in college I got my EMT certification and started volunteering with the local ambulance service. One morning, after a fairly unremarkable shift, it just struck me: medicine was the occupation that seemed it could offer me the most, and where I could offer the most in return. I haven’t felt that way about anything since.

“My favorite part about Bennington was the emphasis on science itself. My ultimate goal was to get into medical school, of course, but I didn’t want my postbac year to be merely a means to an end. I wanted to learn more about what it means to understand the world scientifically and I was really pleased with the program. My fellow students were great! They really made the program and I feel privileged to have been among such a cooperative and intelligent bunch.”