Alumni Spotlight: Martha Peacock ’11

December 09, 2015

What is your favorite memory from Lees-McRae College?
This is a really hard one to choose - there are so many. I think rather than just one memory, I remember the friendships I created in college. I still speak to so many people, and I love homecoming every year because you will never know who you will get to see. I miss my professors. I miss playing soccer and lacrosse. I miss being active in Delta Omicron Theta and the list continues. Simply stated, my favorite memory is Lees-McRae College. 

Can you attribute any of your current success to your time at Lees-McRae College?
Of course! I attribute all of my success to Lees-McRae. Academically, I learned the study skills that I needed to get me through the first two years of classroom experiences in medical school. I also learned to be outgoing in my personality which has helped in my clinicals, as well as my future practice when I am having to meet new people every day. I am more well-rounded than I was when I started college, and the diversity of culture at Lees-McRae proves to be as rewarding as I get out and practice medicine in rural areas. When people come from different backgrounds, it can really change your type of treatment that you offer them due to the resources that are available.

What advice would you give to current LMC students?
Get involved! Your college experience is what you make it. So if you want to have fun and make lots of friends, join clubs, go to sporting events, go to the different cultural sponsored by the school. I would also recommend developing a relationship with your professors. They are there for you, and it's better you develop that relationship with them before you start to struggle versus later when it may be too late to help you. They are there for you, and they only challenge you because they know you are more than capable to succeeding.

Why do you feel it is important to give back to LMC?
It's important to give back, whether it be time or money, because without volunteers and donations in the past, LMC would not have been able to provide so much for the students. I am very grateful to donors because I was given a grant that helped me be able to afford my education at Lees-McRae.

What are you currently doing?  
I am currently in my third year of medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. When I graduate in 2017 I will have my D.O. which is the exact same as a M.D. but we taught hands on techniques much like a chiropractor that we can add to our “tool-box” for diagnosis and treatment. We look at the whole patient and apply a holistic approach to medicine. When I graduate I am looking at specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a fellowship in Endocrinology.  

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Martha Peacock, Class of 2011