Jenna Marek '21 unleashes her competitive fire on the soccer field, her creativity in the art studio and her passion for helping others in her pre-health classes.
"We're here [at Bucknell] to be students and athletes," she says, "and both are equal parts of our job."
The studio art major from Orlando, Fla., has taken advantage of Bucknell's pre-health advising programs to prepare herself for medical school. On top of that, she's a forward on the Bucknell soccer team and has been named to the Patriot League Women's Soccer Academic Honor Roll every year at Bucknell.
Here's what Jenna says about her experience:
On choosing Bucknell
"I just had this feeling when I came here. I was like, this just seems like the place for me. I really liked the players. It was the best academic school I've been recruited to, as well, which is really important to me because I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field."
On what it's like to be a student-athlete at Bucknell
"Being a student-athlete teaches you discipline and time management and teamwork. I think that's really important going into any job, especially the medical field."
On studying pre-health at Bucknell
"I really liked that Bucknell has a pre-health track, and they force you to do something [outside your major]. So I decided to do art because I'm really passionate about that. You get to make something — like in my graphic design class, we're making sketchbooks. So it's for you, but it's for school at the same time. It's kind of like a win-win."
Learn more about Jenna's story in the video above.