Kendal Gill was looking for a good college to attend after her husband enlisted in the Marines and was sent to Camp Pendleton. It didn’t take long for her to find MiraCosta College.
“It had a great reputation and it was really close,” Gill said. “It turned out to be a great fit.”
Indeed. Gill thrived as a biology major at MiraCosta College and was active in the school’s Honors Scholar Program during her two years at the Oceanside Campus. Determined to work as a doctor or medical researcher, she was accepted into all 15 four-year colleges and universities to which she applied, and she secured scholarship offers from almost all of them.
She opted to attend Loyola University this fall, thanks to nearly $40,000 in annual scholarships, grants and financial aid.
“Kendal was a great example of an honor student,” said Christopher Sleeper, a professor of history at MiraCosta College who got to know Gill well in his role as coordinator of the school’s Honors Scholar Program. “She executed her transfer plan perfectly. She participated in the Honors Research Conference, where she gave an excellent presentation that was related to her major and got a lot out of our program by going to many different theatre nights and transfer trips. Kendal's intelligence is matched by her buoyant personality and we are going to miss her.”
Gill said the Honors Scholar Program and her participation in Phi Theta Kappa “made my experience at MiraCosta College more enriching.”
Gill isn’t quite done with MiraCosta College yet. She said she will be taking summer classes at the Oceanside Campus before heading to Louisiana. Meanwhile, she’s already studying for next year’s Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in preparation for attending medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her career plans include working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as an immunologist or epidemiologist.
“I’m fascinated with biology and with the idea of helping people through medicine,” she said.
Gill had already earned an associate degree in dance at Scottsdale Community College near Phoenix in 2010 before coming to MiraCosta. But she knew a career in dance wasn’t in her future. “I always wanted to go to medical school, but when I graduated from high school, I moved away from home, I got engaged, I married, my husband was joining the Marine Corps, so it just didn’t work out. I didn’t have time.”
That all changed when her husband, Cpl. Daniel Gill, was stationed at Camp Pendleton. At MiraCosta College, Gill found herself a new home.
“The support of the faculty has been amazing,” Gill said. “Everyone from financial aid to admissions has been extremely helpful in making sure that my needs were met.”