Student Highlight – Marcus
Marcus was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. After graduating from Indiana University with a BS in biology, Marcus decided to put his dreams of becoming a doctor on hold to explore a career in professional acting. Seven years later, having experienced everything from singing on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean to touring the United States with Miss Saigon and The King & I, Marcus decided it was time to return to academia and work towards attending medical school. With the goal of melding his experience as a singer with a career in medicine specializing in vocal care, Marcus enrolled in the NYU Postbacc Program and was ultimately accepted to the NYU School of Medicine.
Med school life
At NYU, Marcus incorporates singing into his curriculum as co-president of Choir Club and the Spinal Chords, NYUSOM's a cappella group. He celebrates his Filipino heritage as vice president of APAMSA, and promotes awareness and advocacy for the gay community as co-president of LGBT Club. Delving into his specific academic interests, Marcus is also co-president of SCENT (Student Collective of Ear, Nose, and Throat) and Academic Medicine Club.
The NYU post bacc program allowed direct linkage into select medical schools for highly competitive applicants. Marcus initially chose NYUSOM because of the 18-month curriculum and the opportunity to learn at Bellevue, and after spending two years at the undergraduate campus, NYU's diversity solidified his decision to stay with NYU. "As a non-traditional applicant, I was worried that my background would be a disadvantage," he says, "but NYU embraced my unique differences. My class represents such a wide variety of personality and perspective, making the learning process so dynamic and interesting." Outside of the classroom, Marcus works as an MCAT tutor for Kaplan and attends a number of school sponsored social events, such as wine and cheese tastings with Food and Wine Club and hip hop dance class with Spin Doctors.