Madison Cunningham is a sophomore at Corning Community College. She graduates in Spring 2021 with an associates degree in Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Science.
“I have always known what I want to do after college,” Madison says, “I aspire to be a physician. I am particularly interested in pediatric surgery or dermatology. Not only do I love children but I had a great experience with a pediatrician when I was younger, and would love to be able to help children as he did for me.”
Madison continues, “I do not have many hobbies as a full-time college student in the sciences while working to build my resume for medical school, but my one hobby is … skincare! Skincare is so fascinating to me, and I would love to make it into my profession one day. In high school, I was a part of a volunteer club in which I volunteered for different local foundations. I was also the president of the youth activation club for unified sports, in which I helped plan events and support Horseheads High School's unified sports basketball team, a team made up of students with and without disabilities.”
Disability Awareness is Madison’s Focus
Madison graduated from high school a year early before attending CCC. She is part of student government as the student trustee, while serving on the Regional Board of Trustees. She is working on an honors project making a 3D printed model of a toy for children with sensory disabilities. The toy is modeled after a porcupine, with different textures on each side of the porcupine's body such as a rough edge, soft edge, etc.
Madison is the general biology lab assistant for Professor David Pindel, where she sets up the lab for the general biology lab students. “This has been one of my favorite experiences at SUNY CCC because I feel like I am a part of the science department as I have become close with so many of the professors and can also share my experiences with students to help encourage them during their first year.”
So, what’s next for Madison Cunningham?
“I am so excited to take what I have learned at Corning Community College to The University of Georgia, where I will be attending my last two years of undergraduate studies to obtain my bachelors of science degree in biology before going on to medical school.”
She adds, “If I could tell future students one thing about Corning Community College, I would tell them to take chances and become involved! SUNY CCC is a great place to discover more about what it means to be involved in the community, both on and off campus. I encourage students to make connections with their professors, because there are so many supportive and amazing teachers here at SUNY CCC.”
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