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Program M.D. Generalist Track
Hometown Greeneville, TN
Undergraduate School and Major Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC; Biology
Specialty / Career Plans While I am currently undecided, I have always had a strong interest in General Surgery. I would love to go back to my hometown someday and serve the community that raised me!
Extracurricular Activities OSR, Sepsis Lab Research, Intramurals, Pickup Basketball, Eating!
Marital Status Single
Ansley Beth Ricker
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I chose Quillen for so many reasons, the first being that this area is my home. I grew up 30 minutes down the road and loved the thought of being so close to my mom, dad, and younger sister. Furthermore, I knew Quillen was a place that would prepare me to serve rural areas like my home. Since basketball took me to a small undergraduate campus with limited knowledge on how to get into medical school, I reached out to the people of Quillen for help. From the first phone call, I knew that Quillen had the type of people that cared about helping students reach their dreams of becoming a compassionate physician. I left my visits and interview knowing that if I came here, I would be a part of big, loving family, along with something much bigger than myself. Quillen proves me right every single day!
Being a Quillen Student
Being a Quillen student means being surrounded by a fearless family that will do what it takes to help you get to where you want to be in this world. Everyday I am inspired by my faculty, staff, and classmates to be better today than I was yesterday while helping everyone around me do the same. Being a Quillen student takes hard work, dedication, and selflessness, knowing that you’re doing what you’re doing in order to serve your future patients. Being a Quillen student means having a support system around you daily in order to make it through this trying time to reach your dreams and to have the opportunity to give back for the rest of your life.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
After growing up in and coming back to Northeast Tennessee after college, I am sure there is no other place like it in the world. While the towns are becoming more urbanized each day with new restaurants and stores, it doesn’t take long to find a beautiful mountain to hike, a lake to swim, or a grassy trail to walk your dog. It truly is the best of both worlds. The expectation of walking down the street or driving down the road is to smile and wave at the strangers you pass. You can’t find a kinder community. Each day, my pride and love for this place grows, and there is no better place to experience community, service, and togetherness.
I attended Mars Hill University right outside of Asheville, NC, for undergrad. Basketball took me there for 5 years, as I was sidelined my 4th year after an ACL and meniscal tear. Playing basketball taught me so much about teamwork, leadership, hard work, perseverance, and even time management, all of which helped prepare me for medical school. While at MHU, I enjoyed serving at the local elementary school, planning events for the local chapter of a national biological honors society, tutoring in the sciences, and mentoring first year students. Mars Hill had incredible faculty and staff members along with extraordinary students that created a family-like environment, and it helped me choose Quillen in that I felt like Quillen would be just the same. It definitely has been!
Words of Wisdom
The first step along this long, trying journey is to believe in yourself. The thought of pursuing medicine is frightening, and I have often found myself wondering if I can make it. I quickly learned here that I’m not alone in feeling this way, and neither are you! And the answer to that fear is that we can make it, as long as we are focused on what we should be rather than questioning our abilities. The second step is to jump out of your comfort zone! It is so easy to maintain a life of stagnancy and comfort, but no growth takes places in this little bubble we’ve created. We must get comfortable with being uncomfortable if we are going to grow into our maximum potential! Finally, you can’t be afraid to ask for help. As future physicians, we think we should have all the answers already, but that certainly isn’t the case. We will never know all the answers and will be learning every day for the rest of our lives, so it’s important that we learn how to ask for help now. Please reach out to me for any questions, advice, or help!