Grant Avritt (‘10) is just starting his career in the medical field, but the educational route he took to get there might surprise some. During his time in MCPS and beyond, he found value in studying an array of topics. Although he now specializes in anesthesiology, he certainly wasn’t put to sleep by his classes in MCPS as he recalls the importance of a diverse public education experience.
Following graduation, Grant attended Vanderbilt University where, despite knowing that his career aspirations were in the medical field, he majored in history with a minor in philosophy. He credits his passion for history to the Advanced Placement classes he took at Marion County High School.
“I knew I wanted to be a physician and figured I had the rest of my life to do science stuff,” he said. “I went with history in no small part because of Mr. Hibbard [...] I loved his classes. I fell in love with history and knew I’d never have a chance to study in again in an academic setting.”
Grant also took a variety of science classes while at Vanderbilt to better prepare himself for medical school.
“I love Vanderbilt; it was an amazing four years there,” he said. “I wanted to take advantage of my time there.”
That also included studying abroad in London and participating in service trips.
After Vanderbilt, Grant applied and was accepted into the University of Kentucky’s medical school where he graduated last year.
Grant is now finishing up his first year of residency focusing on anesthesiology. However, his future plans are still somewhat up in the air.
“I may sub-specialize further. I could go into something like critical care or pediatric anesthesia. I’ll just have to feel that out as the next three years [of my residency] play out.”
Much like his college experience, Grant noted a challenging yet rewarding experience studying a variety of disciplines among his fondest memories from MCPS.
“My senior year, there were four of us who wanted to take AP European history,” Grant remembered. “Mr. Hibbard agreed to teach us for an hour every morning before school started. Looking back it was an incredible commitment on his part to help out four students who really wanted to learn.”
But his academic experience in MCPS wasn’t limited to just one area.
“I loved my science classes,” he said. “And my English classes. I was always a big reader, but I’d never really read many classics before those classes [...] I had many, many positive experiences.”
Also among those experiences, Grant was the captain of the academic team, as well as being heavily involved in BETA club and National Honor Society.
Advice to current students …
Grant says that his most important piece of advice for current students is to be conscious of the bigger picture within the world of education.
“It’s so easy to stay focused and make it to next test -- we have this tendency live test to test. You just have to live in the moment. There are valuable experiences that are happening to you every single day.”
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