Alexandra Nash '17

 

Photo of Lexi Nash '17

  • Senior biology major from Lebanon, Illinois

  • Intern and full-time dental assistant at Markarian and Diliberto Endodontics

  • President of Sigma Zeta Beta and member of Phi Eta Sigma

  • Winner of the National Sigma Zeta Honor Award

  • President’s List and Dean’s List

  • Member of the American Student Dental Association

  • Laboratory Assistant

  • Tutor in the Academic Support Center

  • Student worker in the Office of the President

  • Volunteer at Lebanon Elementary School

by Stephanie (Coartney) Dulaney '10

 

A native of Lebanon, Ill., Lexi Nash ’17 found the path to her dream job in dentistry right in her own backyard. Now half way through her senior year, she remembers the unique McKendree experiences that helped shape her into the person she is today.

Whether it was the time she organized a national math and science convention, helped her professor research Northern Copperhead snakes in the field, or worked alongside a professional dentist, Lexi spent her time at McKendree soaking up every opportunity to try something new. “It was important to me to attend a university where I would receive a strong education in the biological sciences needed to prepare me for the challenging curriculum of dental school,” she said.

It started her first year when she was offered the chance to assist her professor in researching the spatial ecology of the Northern Copperhead. After many hours of field work searching for and trapping the snakes to study their hibernation habits, she and three other students presented their findings at McKendree’s annual Academic Excellence Celebration. “The experience taught me how to conduct credible research and apply classroom knowledge in a real life setting,” she said.

Photo of Lexi Nash '17 Studying on CampusIn her junior year, Lexi took on a major leadership role organizing and running the National Sigma Zeta Convention, a three-day event bringing in hundreds of math and science students from across the country to share their research. “From setting up online registration and arranging accommodation, to assembling welcome packages, arranging an evening banquet and keynote speaker, and planning daytime and evening activities, the whole experience gave me an opportunity to strengthen my ability to lead,” she said.

While developing her skills in the classroom and on campus, Lexi began job shadowing professional dentists as well. Her passion for exploring the real life aspects of her field led her to not only intern at Markarian and Diliberto Endodontics in Swansea, Ill., but also earn a position as a full-time dental assistant. Over the summer, she volunteered with her coworkers at the annual Illinois Mission of Mercy, a charitable event providing free basic dental care to patients in need. “Besides the technical experience, I especially enjoyed conversing with the patients and listening to their remarkable stories of triumph over hardship,” she said. “I was moved to hear that some people had traveled over five hours and waited more than 18 hours for dental treatment! Being an active part of this further motivates me to work hard for my dental education so that one day I can give back as a dentist.”

Lexi’s long list of accomplishments as a student have led her to dream even bigger goals for her future: to provide dental care to underserved populations locally and abroad, sponsor events that raise money for children’s school supplies, raise a family, become a certified yoga instructor, and travel the world.

Quotation Graphic“At McKendree, I’ve been given numerous opportunities to explore and discover newly found interests in addition to pursuing my passion for biology and the field of dentistry. It has been the highlight of my undergraduate education to experience the love and support of the McKendree community.”


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