Southeast Student Grabs Medical School by the ReinsAndrew Valleroy is a biomedical sciences major who plans to attend graduate school at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Originally from Hillsboro, Mo., Valleroy loves the atmosphere of Cape Girardeau. His favorite memories include hiking and fishing at local conservation areas and Trail of Tears State Park. The memory that tops all others is the one in which he and Joe Gholson accepted the charter placard for establishing the Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health professional honor society, at Southeast Missouri State University.
In addition to Alpha Epsilon Delta, Valleroy is involved in the Student Medical Society, Rock Climbing Club and Sport Club Council. He also enjoys doing volunteer work, such as participating in fund raising walks/runs and events that benefit children’s medical research. Andrew says, “I am a very fortunate person. I have had a lot of great opportunities, and I have more on the way. However, I would have never experienced any of these things if I had not been an active member of Southeast campus activities and organizations.”
Southeast’s mid-size campus and small class sizes allow Valleroy to interact with his peers and instructors on a daily basis, which led to development of intellectual and social skills. He met many wonderful professors and participated in hundreds of hours of research that prepared him to be successful when applying to medical school. As for future students, Andrew says, “Don’t be afraid to do something that seems too challenging. You can only grow as a person if you challenge yourself. If there is something you envision as helping yourself or others, grab the reins and make it happen.”