TWC senior chosen for prestigious summer medical program

Posted on: February 8, 2013

On May 26 Tennessee Wesleyan College senior Christine Lumbasio will be headed for Nashville, Tenn. to participate in Vanderbilt University's prestigious Summer Science Academy.

On May 26 Tennessee Wesleyan College senior Christine Lumbasio will be headed for Nashville, Tenn. to participate in Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Summer Science Academy. A biology major and chemistry minor at TWC, Lumbasio will spend three months of her summer shadowing doctors and participating in Vanderbilt’s clinical research program. Chosen from over 600 applicants, Lumbasio is one of 15 undergraduate students who will attend Vanderbilt’s summer program which is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for me,” said Lumbasio, originally from Masai Mar, Kenya. “I grew up as a translator for missionary doctors who came to my village to treat those in need of medical care. Being around medicine at a young age inspired me to become a doctor. This opportunity at Vanderbilt is a stepping stone between my undergraduate career at Tennessee Wesleyan and my future in medical school.”

A talented player on TWC’s women’s basketball team, Lumbasio transferred here in her sophomore year from Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn.

“I have truly loved my time at Tennessee Wesleyan,” said Lumbasio. “I was lucky to be educated in a family atmosphere where everyone is willing to help you achieve your goals. I came from a small village in Kenya. Athens still seems so big to me. I know Nashville will be an even bigger experience for me to embrace. As I continue to work toward my dream of becoming a doctor, I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges Vanderbilt’s summer program will offer me.”

While at Tennessee Wesleyan, Lumbasio has maintained honors for four years in a row as well as made academic all-conference in basketball all four years. She was inducted to the Alpha Chi Honor Society and nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

“I feel like I have accomplished so much at TWC, given the background and the hardships I had to endure to get to this point in life,” said Lumbasio.

“Leaving all that you have known for 19 years, your entire family and friends, to embark on a journey 6,000 miles from home, with the hope that one day you will return and make a difference in people's lives because you want to be the change you want to see in this world. Growing up in Africa prepared me for this. Life there was tough, coming from that small village without running water or electricity and living in the most extreme poverty conditions helped to build the tenacity and perseverance that has carried me through and will continue to carry me through this process of achieving my goals in life.”