I am Amber Dunkle, currently a first year student at The Ohio State University. I grew up in Pataskala, Ohio, a considerably small rural town from which I now commute to campus from for classes.
In high school I was a classic overachiever, taking on a heavy course load every year, heading up National Honors Society, Student Council, Newspaper, etc. Eventually I graduated valedictorian and set my sights on OSU. The adjustment has been slightly challenging; to realize that now I am in classes where pretty much all my classmates were valedictorians at their high school. In contrast, I love the academic rigor in ways I cannot truly explain, only that the love I have for learning is growing everyday here.
I am currently studying to major in Biology (BS) while on the pre-health professional track in hopes of attending medical school. I would like practice medicine as a pediatrician some day, and take my practice and career overseas to aid those in third-world countries by offering my services in a non-profit setting, specifically in hopes of preventing and treating easily preventable diseases, and with a focus on child/family medicine.
I have a heart for literature, thus a love for reading and writing in my free time. In addition, I am a huge sports fan, specifically a passionate soccer fan. I played and was captain of my high school varsity girls soccer team for three years, and loved every minute of it. I am also a football fanatic, I love attending all OSU home games and watching college and NFL games ritualistically on Saturdays and Sundays. I also love art and nature, flowers in particular, for the message they convey. Additionally, as displayed by my career aspirations, I desire and enjoy travel. This past summer I had the chance to journey to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the surrounding area on a mission trip in which my team built a house and volunteered at a medical clinic over the span of sixteen days. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far and really solidified my passion and vision for what I want to do with my life.