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Alisa Kachikis, MD '05

Alisa KI am a medical student, currently in my 4th year and applying for a residency position in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Since graduation, most of my experiences outside of formal school work have been medicine- or research-related. I have, however, had the opportunity to travel to India and to Kenya on medical mission trips. For at least one month of my time in Kenya I shared an apartment with five students from Northern Ireland, Wales, Germany and New Zealand. Needless to say, I was very thankful for my German language skills and knowledge of European culture.

I have also been able to translate for German tourists in the Emergency Room at our hospital and get to know some of the German graduate students studying at my school.

I decided to major in German at Wheaton in order to maintain and enhance the German language skills that I had learned in high school. My last formal German course had been in 10th grade and my German was getting rustier by the day. Looking back, the decision to study German was one of the best that I made in college. I learned a lot about German culture and literature, of course, but I also gained a rich appreciation for German and therefore European history and literature and its interpretation in general. The Wheaton in Germany program was also a great experience. Now, after having traveled to some additional continents, I appreciate all that I learned during the program, because it was part of our course work to actively experience the culture and history and reflect upon our experiences. The friends that I made through the Wheaton in Germany program and German courses at Wheaton are some of my best friends from college and I still keep in touch with them. And, of course, Dr. Shaffer is a wonderful professor!

This picture is one of my favorites from my time in Kenya. Two of the Kenyan interns and I were taking a quick break between c-sections.