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Student headed to med school

Posted: April 14, 2008 2:09 a.m.
Updated: June 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.

West Ranch High senior Dana Levin was recently accepted into the USC Baccalaureate/MD program.

A West Ranch High School senior has been given the opportunity to follow her dream of having a medical career after being accepted into the USC Baccalaureate/MD program.

The program, which accepts only 45 undergraduates per year, gives students interested in medicine the opportunity to explore their options during their undergraduate years, then guarantees their admission to the University of Southern California's medical school.

"I was pretty shocked when I got accepted," said Dana Levin, 17. "I have no words to describe my feelings - it was just the best feeling I've ever had. It beat everything."

Levin said she has always been interested in biology, and wants to be an ophthalmologist, specializing in eyesight and eye surgery.

"I realized that medicine would allow me to pursue my interest and to help people at the same time," she said.

Applicants to the program were evaluated based on academic history, test scores, essays, activities and letters of recommendation. Levin, who has a 4.6 GPA and a combined SAT score of 2120, also went through a rigorous interview process where she was asked questions like how she felt about universal health care and why she wanted to be an ophthalmologist.

"I didn't think I'd get in, but I thought I would give it a try because this program is perfect for me," Levin said.

At West Ranch, Levin spent four years on the tennis team, is the news editor of the school newspaper and is a co-founder, along with some fellow students, of the West Ranch chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. She looks forward to beginning university life this fall at USC.

"I'm very, very excited and also extremely nervous because it's going to be a long road," she said. "But this is a great program and I'm sure I'll be taken care of."


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