Brendan Farley can remember being a freshman, wandering campus asking for directions to his next class.
Now, with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in hand, he's part of the 2021 class of CMU's College of Medicine pursuing a career as a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon.
Coming from a small town of fewer than 7,000 people to a campus community of more than 25,000, CMU seemed big. It didn't take long for it to feel like home.
"It is a campus filled with friendly, outgoing people," he said. "I was always greeted with a smile and helpful advice. Since day one, I have felt welcome on this campus. This can't be said about a lot of colleges."
Already set on becoming a doctor, Brendan majored in biochemistry at CMU because he knew it was his best path to medical school.
"I have wanted to be a doctor since I was in middle school, and math and science were my favorite subjects in high school," he said. "Majoring in biochemistry enabled me to combine my passions for mathematics, science and pursuit of a career in the medical field all into one."
Realizing his dream of attending medical school in August 2017, Brendan felt ready for the challenges ahead.
"The cliché saying is, 'the quantity of material is a lot like drinking water out of a firehose.' As ridiculous as this may sound, medical school hasn't disappointed in terms of the demands it has," he said. "Nonetheless, I would have to say that I am the happiest I have ever been. The student body is energetic, altruistic and a family.
"My four years of undergrad, studying basic sciences and learning how to be a young adult greatly prepared me for the rigors of medical school. I can openly say I feel more prepared for becoming a future physician."