October 28, 2003
ACHS graduate named Cowley's October Student of the Month
Influenced by an older sister, Rachel Warren plans to put her skills in math and science to good use. She wants to become a doctor.
The sophomore pre-medicine major at Cowley County Community College is the college’s October Student of the Month.
“I was shocked to get the award, but I was very happy because ever since last year, that was one of the things I thought I’d like to do,” said Warren, who was reared on a farm near Geuda Springs and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2002. “It’s a real honor to be chosen.”
Warren is the fourth of Tom and JoLynn Warren’s six children. Rachel, 19, has older sisters Lori 25 and Whitney 24, an older brother Andy 21, and younger brothers Aaron 18 and Mason 9. Her grandparents are Frank and Margie Reichle and Jim Warren, all of Arkansas City, and Illene Warren of Tulsa. Great-grandparents are Joe and Pauline Warren of Maple City and Hubert Groover of Livingston, Texas.
Warren is a two-year recipient of a Natural Science Department Scholarship. She is a member of the Math & Science Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, tutors in The Underground, and is a Student Ambassador, all the while carrying a 4.0 grade-point average. She volunteers for projects at her church, First Baptist of Arkansas City, and works part-time at Dillons in Ark City.
Warren said those honored as Students of the Month were “someone who not only excels in their academics, but they’re also seen around campus. They’re someone other people can look up to.”
Warren strives to be a role model, much like her sister Lori, who is a radiation therapist.
“I watched what she did, and I’ve always looked up to her,” Warren said. “I want to do something in the cancer field. I saw how friendly and supportive those people were, even though the patients were going through so much pain. Plus, I like math and science.”
Next fall, Warren plans to be at the University of Kansas working on a bachelor’s degree in bio-chemistry. She then hopes to transfer to a medical school.
“I would really like to go to med school in California,” Warren said. “The program I’ll go into is very specialized. KU doesn’t even have it in their medical school.”
The program is radiation oncology. Warren is looking into the University of Southern California’s medical school.
“I want to be a doctor, and hopefully live on the East or West coast,” she said.
Warren said the education she’s received at Cowley has helped lay the groundwork for her career.
“It’s been a very good experience here,” she said. “I’ve had quite a few teachers who have inspired me and pushed me forward and know that I can do it. (Natural Science instructors) Greg Nichols and Pam Smith have been influential.”
Warren’s decision to attend Cowley wasn’t a difficult one, especially since sisters Lori and Whitney and, as an adult learner, her mother graduated from Cowley.
“I knew I would come to Cowley because my parents wanted me to go here first to get my classes that I needed out of the way,” Warren said. “Also, getting the Natural Science Scholarship helped a lot. The teachers here are so good. They really care about you.
“I don’t know how I would have handled it at KU right out of high school. Learning the study skills here before it’s too late has been great.”
Warren said growing up on a farm gave her a work ethic she’ll always follow. Her father also has led by example on the farm.
“My Dad has always shown me that you’re supposed to do your best and give it your all and not do anything halfway,” Warren said. “My Dad farms, but he also does a lot of other things. Seeing him work so much and give up things for himself so that I could have them is really something.
“On the farm, you learn that a lot of things you do take time to pay off. We would have bottle calves, and Dad would let us sell those. But we had to get up and feed those calves. That wasn’t fun, but it paid off later. Hard work pays off.”
When Warren isn’t working or studying, she enjoys shopping, working out at the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center, scrapbooking with Creative Memories, and making bracelets. She said she’s gained self-confidence since high school.
“I’ve become a more competent student,” Warren said. “In high school, I kind of blended in more. Here, I feel more confident about what I’m doing. I’m more confident about myself.”