Because of the scholarship that Mr. Arndt graciously awarded me I was financially able to attend the UW after graduating high school, and graduated from the Bachelor of Science Pharmacology and Toxicology program within the UW School of Pharmacy. The Pharm/Tox degree is a competitive program that has a large emphasis in teaching undergraduates to become part of the ever-growing world of research, while also allowing students to take classes alongside the Doctorate of Pharmacy students. After becoming a part of this program I began research in David Gamm's lab which, in a broad sense, applies Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell technology to diseases of the visual system, like Age-Related Macular Degeneration. While learning under Dr. Gamm and his Post-Doctorate Fellow Joe Phillips, I fell in love with vision and the eyes.
I am currently in the Doctorate of Optometry program at SUNY College of Optometry and will graduate in 2020 as an Optometrist.
After completing my OD degree, and a residency outside of Wisconsin, I envision myself as a ocular disease or geriatric specialized optometrist, practicing in a hospital based setting. I'd love to be able to come back and practice in Wisconsin after completing my OD degree and additional training. I hope to be a long lasting part of the Arndt family presence on the UW campus.
The Arndt family and their help is unforgettable, and they have given me a chance to succeed in life to better impact the lives of many others of whom I will work with. I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Arndt and all the efforts of his family for forever changing young adults lives here in Madison.