By Desiree Williams
Ethan Meier, 25, graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2015. He will complete a master’s degree in biology at IUPUI in May and then pursue a doctorate of dental medicine at Midwestern University in the fall.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school and why?
A: Biology. Growing up, I had always been intrigued by the biological world. I found myself enjoying my general science courses more than my other subjects, but learning about the natural sciences really piqued my interests.
Q: What do you miss about high school?
A: The personalized education that you can receive in a smaller classroom. After attending a large university like Indiana University, you miss the more direct teaching that you receive in high school rather than sitting in a lecture hall with 300-plus students.
Q: Who has been your most influential teacher throughout school and why?
A: Cathy Glick. Mrs. Glick first introduced me to my first more rigorous biology class, which was AP Biology. She did such a good job of teaching the material and making sure that we all understood the material before moving on. She helped my future interest in the biological field, which continued throughout my collegiate experience.
Q: Can you tell me about your collegiate experiences?
A: I attended Indiana University for my undergraduate studies. I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I joined a fraternity my freshman year and became involved in several different committees within the house. I really enjoyed my experience at Indiana University. I loved everything from the beautiful campus to the enriching education that I received at this school. I believe that being involved with some organization or club is important at a large university. It helps you develop relationships early on while also making the school feel much smaller.
Q: Tell me more about your current role.
A: While I am attending IUPUI for my master’s degree, I am currently working at an oral surgery clinic in Anderson. I enjoy balancing my time at school with my time at work.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I will be spending the next four years completing the doctorate of dental medicine degree at Midwestern University. I am thrilled to begin this program, as becoming a dentist has been a dream of mine since I was young. Being able to pursue this career choice has been very challenging, but I could not be happier with myself for getting this far. I am looking forward to practicing in the dental field and helping the members of the community.
Q: Do you have any advice for younger students?
A: The best advice I can give younger students is to learn to effectively balance your free time. Time management is a crucial thing to develop to be successful in your undergraduate studies. There will be a lot of distractions and fun activities to be involved in while in college, and maintaining a good balance can really be beneficial. I found it important to use your free time to do the things that you enjoy doing. It takes your mind off of the looming exams and homework that are constantly present. Lastly, I think there is great importance in having good mental health. School can be very stressful and daunting at times. Finding fun activities and making friends greatly enhances your college experience and creates memories that last a lifetime.