The Best Shot

As a child, Audra White, ’15, saw herself growing up to be a doctor.


After years of watching her mother work as a nurse and with a natural interest in biology, the career seemed like a good fit. Then, while attending UAFS, she shadowed doctors as they treated their patients.


“I realized I couldn’t handle the sadness of it,” she said.


Now she plans to be a doctor of a different kind.


White has enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame to study cellular and molecular biology. She earned a scholarship to pay for her tuition and received a teaching assistant position. In the future, she would like to help people by leading a research program in stem or cancer cells.


White first stepped onto the UAFS campus as an Upward Bound Math and Science student.


“I fell in love with the campus,” she said. “Of all the places I toured (when deciding where to attend college), this place seemed geared toward making you learn instead of getting your money.”


The Academic Distinction Scholarship also helped her decision to attend UAFS. And that she could easily transfer from Upward Bound to the university’s Student Support Services. The services program helps students to complete their degrees through study hours in the library, tutoring assistance and class schedule planning.


“If it wasn’t for them and my advisor, I’m sure I would have missed something or fallen behind,” she said.


As she prepared to graduate, she received acceptance letters from Notre Dame, Georgetown University and the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Then accepted Notre Dame’s offer.


“If I’m going to put in all the work that grad school is, I should give myself the best shot,” she said. “I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.”

Photo Credits: 
Jennifer Sicking