Alexis Kombwa '15
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: French, Pre-Med
What activities are you involved in?
I am a member of the varsity track and field team and participate in intramural basketball and soccer. I am the president of the French Club and was a CAP leader this year. I am involved in religious life (Intervarsity) and volunteer in the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
One of the biggest reasons I chose to attend Coe College is St. Luke’s Hospital! I have known about Coe since first semester of my junior year of high school, did my research and learned all about its great science department. However, I did not decide to attend Coe until I made two overnight visits, the second semester of my senior year. I have always known that I wanted to study medicine. During my visits, I noticed that not only was St. Luke’s Hospital across the street, but there was also Mercy Medical Center within walking distance. This made me realize the opportunities that I would have by attending a college that is near two hospitals, given my interest in medicine.
What is a piece of history that you like most about Coe?
Dragon Boat races are pretty awesome. In fact, my First Year Seminar class won that event during the 2011 orientation.
What do you do for a campus job or work study?
I work as an admission assistant and a telecounselor.
What do you like best about Coe?
The thing I like most is the environment. At Coe, I feel at home. It’s a very warming and loving environment.
What do you plan to do after Coe?
Go to medical school.
Why should a prospective student choose Coe?
Given the location and the size of Coe, I think Coe has the potential of offering any student many opportunities that they might not have if attending a large school. In fact, every year, there are businesses in the area that reserve internship positions only for Coe students.
How was your transition from high school to Coe?
It was difficult at first, given my situation as a twin (we had never spent more than two nights away from each other since we were born until college) but I quickly adjusted with the help of my friends. Even though I came in with a strong academic background, I still had to adjust to the college workload. It was a bit challenging.
What is your favorite place on campus?
This is a tough one. I really like the newly renovated Peterson Hall; the Pub Patio is also a pretty cool place to catch some fresh air.
What should every student do before they graduate?
Definitely take advantage of the study abroad programs that Coe offers.