Meet Chase Marso, Class of 2017

Meet Chase Marso, class of 2017 from Brandon, South Dakota. He’s a biology major (pre-med) and a Spanish minor.

Q. What activities are you involved in on campus?

A. I play football, I’m in the Pre-Med Club, and I serve as a student leader for Augustana FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). I am the vice-president of Augustana SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee), work as a mentor at Hayward Elementary, and I’m a member of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society.

Q. Why did you choose Augustana?

A. I chose Augustana because I saw how invested everyone here was in me personally. The football coaches everywhere I looked were invested in me athletically, the professors at nearly every university are invested in their students academically and professionally, and students across the nation are invested in one another socially, but the Augustana community crosses these traditional roles.

Here, everyone from the residence hall custodians to the president of the university is genuinely concerned with fostering each student’s growth academically, athletically, spiritually, socially, and professionally. That is one of the many “Augie Advantages” I felt from the beginning, and one that has proven to hold true throughout my time here.

Q. Favorite class/professor?

A. It’s hard to choose one, but “Organic Chemistry” with Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, “Microbiology” with Dr. Paul Egland, and “Civitas Pharmacology” with Dr. Jared Mays last J-Term all stand out. “Spanish for Health Care Professionals” with Professor Sam Ogdie was also a lot of fun. It was great to see two of my passions (medicine and Spanish language/culture) come together, especially since I want to take medical mission trips as a physician later in my life.

Q. Plans for the future? And, can you tell us what sparked your interest to pursue this path?

A. After Augie, I plan to attend medical school to pursue a career as a physician. While I am not certain what I want to specialize in yet, orthopedics/sports medicine, cardiovascular/cardiothoracic, and neurology (especially relating to concussions) are particularly interesting. I have always been fascinated by science and the human body, and the opportunity to combine that passion with the opportunity to give back to people in the same way so many have given to me would be a truly fulfilling career.

Q. Favorite Augustana memory, so far?

A. Among many, two stand out: Beating USF in football this fall and my time in Greece/UK for the Distinguished Scholars spring break experience during freshman year.

Q. Talk about your hands-on learning experiences.

A. I did research this past summer with Dr. Shane Scholten (exercise science). This experience was invaluable in teaching me more about the nature of research and how the scientific community functions, and has undoubtedly better prepared me for medical school and a career as a physician. This J-Term I am taking a medical mission trip to San Salvador, El Salvador, and though it is not truly study abroad, I am connecting the trip and the differences between our concept of medicine and medical practice with that of countries like El Salvador for my Civitas 395 thesis. 

I know this experience will be instrumental in shaping my views of medicine going forward.

Q. Do you have any advice for prospective students?

A. As you consider Augustana, be sure to reach out to as many people as possible, including students, professors, and the admission staff, to get a true sense of the people of our university.  As you connect here, you will be amazed by how much everyone here wants you to be successful in all areas of your life, and you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else so invested in you not only academically, but personally as well.