As the academic year draws to a close, we have a lot to celebrate. Our students are alive with new knowledge and ideas. They’ve declared majors, finished finals, and submitted thesis papers and projects. A next generation of alumnae has crossed the commencement stage to receive their diplomas, and a new class is preparing to join us next fall. But before we say goodbye to 2018–19, I’d like to highlight two additional milestones worth celebrating: the 25th anniversary of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program and the 10th anniversary of the Sallie Tiernan Field House. Although they serve different constituencies—Tiernan is primarily an undergraduate student resource, while the Post-Bac program is designed for college grads looking to change careers—each contributes to the Scripps mission in valuable ways.
The resources that the College dedicates to developing scholars who “contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity” extend beyond the classroom. As the connection between academic achievement and well-being becomes increasingly clear, a holistic approach to student health is paramount—one that considers not only the whole person, but also the community of which she is part. Over the past decade, the Sallie Tiernan Field House has made the holistic well-being of Scripps students its mission, fostering an inclusive and supportive space where they can harness tools and resources, share their experiences, mentor each other, and ask for help.
Like the Field House, the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program exists to support healthy bodies. For 25 years, the program has given students who are interested in pursuing second careers in medicine the prerequisite science courses they need in order to apply to medical school. Our Post-Bac graduates contribute to society as skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals, with nearly 98 percent accepted into medical, dental, or veterinary programs. They also bring a diverse mix of backgrounds, careers, and experiences to W.M. Keck Science Department classrooms and labs, where they work alongside undergraduates to complete their coursework.
This issue of Scripps looks at some of the ways that the Sallie Tiernan Field House and the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program have helped cultivate healthy bodies and minds at Scripps and beyond. It also highlights a few other stories about “bodies”—ways in which that concept is being thought about, tended to, and interpreted in art, performance, and social spaces. Many of the programs and initiatives profiled here exist, in part, due to our generous alumnae, families, and friends. If you are interested in supporting holistic health and wellness at Scripps, I encourage you to visit scrippscollege.edu/giving/the-scripps-fund to learn how you can designate your gift.