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Lyon senior sets sights on becoming surgeon

Does a French major translate well to a career as a surgeon?

Lyon College senior Raleigh Jeffrey plans to find out. 

Jeffrey is currently studying abroad in France and will graduate with a French major and a psychology minor this May. After graduation, he plans to move to Little Rock and continue pursuing a career in healthcare. 

He has been in contact with the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is searching for research opportunities while preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 

“I hope one day to become a surgeon. I am looking to the future with open eyes and currently am more excited than I am nervous!”

During his time at Lyon, Jeffrey was a member of Mortar Board, secretary of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and a former president of the French Club.

One of his proudest accomplishments was helping to create Lyon’s AMSA chapter with fellow senior Melanie Beehler and a few other students.

“We wanted students to have another outlet at their disposal to help them become better students, create closer relationships with fellow classmates and help expand their knowledge about what to do and how to approach the path to medical school.”

Jeffrey is also glad he took the liberal arts approach to heart and learned a new language during college.

“I’m very happy I decided to make French my major. It has been a truly amazing experience that has allowed me to experience things like traveling and studying abroad and communicating and learning about an entirely different culture.”

The Nichols Trip he took with Drs. James Martell and Wesley Beal in May 2019 was one of his favorite experiences. The trip focused on the impact of WWI and WWII in Europe, mixing in French and German history.

“I had an amazing time. I created new friends among the other Lyon students who attended the trip.”

Jeffrey said Martell, Dr. Alexander Beeser and each of his friends at Lyon have helped him grow into a better student and person overall.

“My problem solving skills, time management skills, learning capacity and knowledge of how to best utilize resources will continue to help me throughout my life in many different areas.”

He continued, “My experience at Lyon College has been something I will remember and appreciate for the rest of my life.”

Jeffrey said he will miss the relationships he formed with professors and classmates the most.

“I appreciate very much walking around campus and seeing familiar and friendly faces that don’t hesitate to say ‘hello.’”