Where this Falcon Flew: Andrew Durkee

Andrew Durkee: A Changed Major Led to a Passion

In May of 2013, Andrew Durkee graduated with Honors from Bowling Green State University. Just four years before that, though, he would have never guessed that he would be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As a first-year student, Durkee was actually a math major, but a passion for a more hands on career would lead to a changed major and the many successes he has had throughout his time since graduation.

Halfway through his second semester at Bowling Green, Andrew decided to switch his major to Biology, and he began working towards his new goal of becoming a doctor. Throughout his four years, he became heavily involved with research. His research involved looking into the algae blooms happening on Grand Lake St. Marys as well as in Lake Erie. He looked into how to combat the algae blooms as well as the effects they had on the people living near them. One of his fondest memories from his undergraduate career at BGSU was the fact that this research got published.

Right after graduation, Andrew attended the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. During his time here, he was a part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, which is a scholarship program through the United States Army. Through this program, the U.S. Army  helped to pay for his advanced medical degree. Today, Andrew is a commissioned United States Army Officer, and he is living in Texas completing his Internal Medicine Residency. As a Doctor of Internal Medicine, he will be able to treat any patient, but he does not plan on stopping here. Andrew plans on eventually specializing in Hematology and Oncology, which will allow him to treat patients with Cancer.

Medical school interviewers were extremely interested about his time in the program, and he ended up getting a lot of funding and support for his Honors Project/research project.

When asked how the Honors College helped to prepare him for his career, Andrew credited the two Critical Thinking classes with helping him throughout his educational career as well as his professional career. He said that when interviewing for Medical Schools, almost all of them asked what these classes were and what they taught him. This acted as a segway for him to talk about the Honors College as a whole, the Critical Thinking classes, and his Honors project. He said that almost all of the interviewers were extremely interested about his time in the program, and he ended up getting a lot of funding and support for his Honors Project/research project.

Looking back, Andrew said his advice to current and incoming students at Bowling Green State University is to take general credits seriously. He said he believes all students need to keep an open mind about their majors. He had no plans to major in Biology when he was an incoming first year student at Bowling Green, but an open mind led him to a career path where he now has the ability to serve his country as well as to help people.

Updated: 07/10/2019 09:39PM