28th OU Rhodes Scholar to study English, history en route to med school
Zoology senior Sarah Swenson was announced among the 32 new Rhodes Scholars on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Swenson, who is involved in the UOSA Integrity Council and worked as a genetics research lab assistant and a history of science department researcher, hopes to attend medical school to become a physician.
As one of her district’s Rhodes Scholars, she is planning to study for a second bachelor’s degree in history and English.
“A pretty new thing to be coming to medical school is education and narrative medicine, which uses literature to help doctors listen to patients better to better diagnose,” she said. “I think the second bachelor’s at Oxford will help with that.”
Swenson is OU’s 28th Rhodes Scholar since the program’s inception in 1902, and she will now have the opportunity to study abroad for two years at Oxford University in England. Each year, only 32 scholars from the U.S. are selected.
“I think the most important thing is to do what you’re passionate about and also to maintain balance and try more than anything to achieve success,” Swenson said.