College of Humanities and Sciences

Caitlin Alewine

Health sciences

Caitlin Alewine didn’t want her college experience to be confined to classrooms, dorm rooms and well-worn paths in between. In high school, she maintained a vigorous schedule of extracurricular activities, and it was these outside-of-the-classroom moments that shaped her interests. With VCU, she saw an opportunity to continue this hands-on approach to self-discovery and fulfillment.

In high school Caitlin volunteered at a local hospital, where she also became a patient after injuring her back running cross-country. After receiving a behind-the-scenes look at how MRIs are conducted, she was immediately hooked on medicine. She already planned on attending VCU to major in fashion design, and this “aha” moment led her to switch her career plans to nuclear medicine. She was pleased to find that VCU’s School of Allied Health Professions offered a strong

program to match her decision.

While earning her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences, Caitlin continued her community involvement and volunteer experiences at VCU. Among other things, she donated her time at an area free clinic and — after discovering the opportunities for philanthropy in sorority life — she helped to re-establish the Rho Beta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at VCU. The sorority hosts events each year to raise money for research into juvenile arthritis.

Currently a student in VCU’s post-baccalaureate undergraduate health sciences certificate program, when Caitlin sat down to write her resume for medical school applications, she says she asked herself, “How will I ever fit all of this in?”