By taking college classes while she was a student at Scottsburg High School, Indiana University Bloomington senior Lauren Howser will graduate from the Kelley School of Business and a pre-medicine program within four years.
“The dual credits offered through Scottsburg High School definitely made it possible for me to graduate in four years with two completely different paths of study completed,” Howser said. “I think it means that Scott County provides the opportunities students need to explore and prepare for a successful future. I am very optimistic about the future of Scott County and think that many people in my generation are learning and exploring ways to improve our community even more in the future.”
Between gathering college credits and working hard academically at SHS, Howser was able to be directly admitted to one of the top 10 business schools in the country, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Last year, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Kelley the top school in the nation for its undergraduate program among public universities.
“[Direct admission] is only offered to incoming freshmen, and you have to apply directly to Kelley when you submit your application to IU,” Howser said. “Becoming a direct admit to Kelley is based on SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA.”
In her past three years at Kelley and IU, Howser travelled to India to study the economic and political factors that affect the country, spent the summer months this year interning in Chicago at a health care consulting firm, and gained experience abroad through the Atlantis Program where she travelled to Athens, Greece to learn about health care outside the United States and spend time watching brain and open heart surgeries up close.
“Kelley has opened my eyes to how business knowledge applies to almost every aspect of the world. I really want to take what I’ve learned from Kelley and apply it to the health care industry,” Howser said. “I had an internship over the summer […] that solidified this goal of mine. In the short term, I hope to attend medical school after graduation from IU. In the long term, I hope to combine both areas of knowledge to improve operations and patient care in hospital systems.”
With her primary focus on becoming a physician, Howser also has her eye on the big picture — bringing her passions for business and medicine together.
“My main priority has always been to become a physician — I just took a different route than most pre-med students with incorporating business. I have found that most everything I have learned in Kelley can be applied to the health care field and help improve facilities just like any other industry,” Howser said. “I want to take what I learn from both types of education and hopefully be able to combine them in my future career to be involved in a leadership position in a hospital system.”
In her future, Howser sees herself returning home to Scott County.
“I would definitely love to return to Scott County after medical school. Of course, with residency, I might not have complete control over my location for years, but it is definitely a goal of mine to return to Scott County,” Howser said.