While Taylor Coleman was a student at Purdue University North Central, he knew he wanted to go to medical school. He knew that he wanted to become a physician.
After graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry, he enrolled in the Indiana University School of Medicine Master of Science in Medical Science program at the IUPUI medical campus. The program attracts students from across the country who want to solidify their knowledge and enhance their capabilities in a rigorous academic setting similar to that of medical school.
Coleman, who is from Chesterton, is now a student with the Indiana University School of Medicine.
“I’ll be able to narrow down my interests once I’ve been exposed to more through observation and clinical rotations during my third and fourth years in medical school,” he said. “Only time will tell.”
There was a time when Coleman thought he wanted to follow the career path of “The Brady Bunch” television father Mike Brady.
Even as a child, Coleman noticed that the fictional Brady as an architect could “comfortably support a support a family of seven, a dog and housemaid.”
Reality soon set in. Coleman found he wanted to take a different path. He lists his three reasons for becoming a doctor.
He explains that he “receives the most pleasure from using my capabilities; whether it’s performing on the stage, volunteering or making a joke.”
“Seeing a smile on someone’s face and knowing that I caused it is one of the best feelings. A doctor can help a person with a problem and get him or her smiling again.”
Second, is a life-long obsession with science. “Science is amazing; especially the science of the human body,” he said. “I loose myself in thought sometimes thinking about the complex, yet simple, make-up of the body. This is an area that a physician has to have the deepest understanding and I see it as a perfect fit for me.”
His third reason is more personal. “I want to shoot for the moon. I set my sights high and never settle for the easy way out or the more convenient choice. I want to know that I pushed myself to the limit of my capabilities and accomplished what I was capable of. I see being a doctor not as a job, but as a lifestyle. It is a profession of sacrifice and constant learning. It is the perfect challenge for me.”
He credits PNC with providing a solid foundation for his future studies.
“My time at PNC was by far the most important of my life. The life-lessons learned there will serve me the rest of my career. There were many opportunities available and the best choice for me was to dive in. A great thing about PNC is that students are encouraged to be proactive in their educations, to get involved, organize events, get connected and grow as individuals. I went from being a high school graduate with little experience in the real world to a mature, experienced, goal-oriented, adult.”
At PNC he was involved with the Dean’s Leadership Group, Student Government Association, The Voice newspaper staff, Tri Beta Biological Honor Society and was a teaching assistant in the organics lab. He was an intern at IVDiagnostics in Valparaiso, where he assisted in groundbreaking research that will aid doctors in diagnosing and treating cancer.
He encourages others to make the most of their time in college, “You’re not going to school so you can coast through your education and get a piece of paper. You’re there to learn in and out of the classroom. Take advantage of resources and opportunities that PNC offers. An important lesson I learned this year is, ‘What you put in is what you get out. Achievement is based on commitment.’ If you make a commitment to succeed, PNC will help you on your path.”