Spring Hill Scholar
Preparing to Change the World
For Patriciamarie MgBodile, Spring Hill College was the right place at the right time to set her on a path to make a difference in the world.
She attended John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham and discovered that Spring Hill had everything she was looking for in a college: small size, Southern, Catholic, quality academics and a quality pre-medical program. She was named as one of five Spring Hill Scholars that year, which solidified that this was where she needed to be.
“Spring Hill was the place where I wanted to make my new family,” she said.
MgBodile always knew she wanted to major in Biology/Pre-Med and that hasn’t changed, but the journey to graduation had its highs and lows – what she described as a “calm storm.” She began classes, joined clubs on campus and met new friends. This all soon became too overwhelming, and MgBodile did not get the grades she expected in a few tough classes – grades she would need for medical school.
“As I reflect upon these experiences, I know now that I don’t just want to be a doctor who is educated in both research and healthcare policy, I also want to be a true conduit between research and society as I educate my patients and assist them in navigating legislative policy to become the best advocates for themselves.”
She began to doubt taking the medical school road and decided to do a research internship to see if that would suit her better. She realized that it didn’t, but conversations with the physician scientists in the program about patient education initiatives and the challenge that medical school could offer her, changed her mind back to her original plan.
“With all of the knowledge that I acquired from my internship, I suddenly found myself coming back to pre-med with open arms. I was committed now more than ever before to become a physician because I not only wanted to heal patients, but I also wanted to educate them,” she said.
Things picked up after that, including a trip to Washington D.C. as part of a Community Learning, Integrated, Mission-Based (CLIMB) class where MgBodile was able to advocate to senators and representatives for cancer research and changes in legislation that would benefit cancer patients. Through this, she learned that she enjoys patient advocacy and wants to continue this in the future.
“As I reflect upon these experiences, I know now that I don’t just want to be a doctor who is educated in both research and healthcare policy, I also want to be a true conduit between research and society as I educate my patients and assist them in navigating legislative policy to become the best advocates for themselves,” she said.
After graduation, MgBodile will be attending medical school at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She plans to become a physician and also pursue a master’s degree in Public Health with plans to work for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. She hopes to become a liaison in the United Nations, speaking about health care on behalf of African countries as well as returning to Ebo, her family’s village in Nigeria, to open a clinic and work with the schools.
During her time on The Hill, MgBodile participated in research at Louisiana State University, did pre-medical shadowing and was a teacher’s assistant in Biology and Chemistry. She was President of the National Residence Hall Honorary and was a member of Chemistry Club and Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. She volunteered with Victory Health Partners, visited the Dominican Republic on a service trip with Blue Missions and started a fundraiser for schools in Ebo. She performed with the Spring Hill theater group and is an experienced public speaker.
“Spring Hill put me in the correct place to be who I am today,” she said. “I may have struggled and suffered through some low points, but I do not begrudge those experiences. I would not have met the people I’ve met, learned the things I’ve learned, or experienced the things I’ve experienced if I did not come to Spring Hill.”