Waverly Rose Brim
Hometown: Litte Rock, Arkansas
Major: Biology - Professional Concentration; Pre-Medical track
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Health Professions option
Activities: Minorities in Medicine Club founder, president and fundraiser for underrepresented students' medical, dental and PA school applications (2016 -17); PIBE (Play it By Ear) A cappella member and treasurer (2016-17); starting middle hitter with New Haven Women's Summer Volleyball Team (2016-17); St. Vincent's Emergency Department Research Associate Program, Clinical Research: Tobacco Cessation and Colon Rectal Cancer Screening Study (2015-16); WCSU Biology Club (2013-17); WCSU Honors Program (2013-17); WCSU Accepted Students Shadow Program host (2015-17); captain of "X-Team" in WCSU Intramural Volleyball League (2015); WCSU Student Government Association senator and Western Wednesday committee chair (2013-14); St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Department Physician's Scribe (2016); WCSU Genetics Teacher's Assistant and Lab Technician (Fall 2016); WCSU Health Services Clinic (2014-16); WCSU Tutoring Center tutor (2014-16); WCSU Disability Services note-taker (2014-15); WCSU Institutional Advancement Office (2013-15); part-time job at off-campus accounting center
INTERNSHIPS: Institute on Science for Global Policy Internship (2015-17), Yale School of Medicine Flannery Lab studying the Physiological Effect of Insulin on Endometrial Cells (2014-15), plastic surgery internship with "Dr. Miami" (Dr. Michael Salzhauer), an internationally known plastic surgeon who just got his own show (summer 2017)
Honors and Awards: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2016-17); Yale School of Medicine Discover to Cure: Young Scholars Award (2014); WCSU Housing and Residence Life Academic Success Award (2014-16); Dean's List (Fall 2014 and Fall 2016); attendance at Georgetown University Summer Residential Program: Fundamentals of Medicine (2012); acceptance to Columbia University Summer Residential Program: Genetics & Molecular Biology (2012); Publications: The Shore’s Future: Living with Storms and Sea Level Rise - Conference organized and convened by the ISGP in Toms River, New Jersey, in partnership with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the Barnegat Bay Foundation, the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Ocean County College and local government Nov. 20-21, 2015
When Waverly Rose Brim was a sophomore in high school, her family relocated from Little Rock, Arkansas, to West Haven, Connecticut. "Talk about culture shock," she says. After her high school graduation, Brim says, "I wasn't able to afford the private institutions I was accepted to, and I was very homesick and specifically did not want to stay in Connecticut. But this is where my in-state tuition was. I viewed all the Connecticut state universities and fell in love with Western because of how 'homey' it felt. It was the closet thing to home. I had wonderful interactions with people on campus when I visited and it just felt right."
With a demanding major in pre-med, WestConn turned out to be a good choice. "I loved the small campus feeling, and the small class size was huge to me as well," Brim says. "People were so kind."
Brim says she decided to major in biology as the initial step in her journey to becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. "I volunteered in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital for three years," she says. "I spent weeks with recovering patients. Some made full recoveries, others I watched deteriorate. In that time, I saw people get their lives back, families get their mother, brothers and fathers back. For the patients who moved on, I collected their things and returned them to broken families. I didn't grow up with much. Whatever I do, I want to donate my time back to underrepresented communities and travel to countries that are in need. I've wanted to be a surgeon for as long as I can remember. I often sway between cardio and plastic surgery. I also have ambitions to travel with Operation Smile to correct cleft palates. I've got experience in cardio, so I know I will love it. But I know there is still much that I do not know. I'm excited to figure it out."
Once WestConn became her new "home," Brim found herself surrounded by a supportive new "family." "I cannot put into words how much the staff at our campus Doctor's Office have mentored me over these four years," she says. "I've worked there since my freshman year and they have become my family. Dr. Cizek, Dawn Lipke, Nancy Haensch, APRN, and Nurse Joane Zanella are the highlight of this campus. They show constant compassion to our students and they looked out for me like I was their own." Brim, who worked 40-plus hours a week to support herself and pay for her education, says, "I had little-to-no support throughout my college years from my family. Things were hard for me, but Health Services supported me every chance they got. I love the Health Services staff from the bottom of my heart."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Brim says, "Founding the club, Minorities in Medicine, and running it as president. One of the most memeorable events we had was Suture 101, where I invited a surgeon from Yale-New Haven Hospital to lead a hands-on suturing class."
Brim says that after graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a surgeon. "I am applying next application cycle, and I am shooting for the stars," she says. "I will apply to a few Ivies and some schools with the top surgical programs in the country. Fingers crossed!"
Brim's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Stay organized, get a group of friends with the SAME GOALS and be good to everyone around you."