Joe Marion '12, Hettinger, N.D., wasted no time getting involved at Concordia.
His first year, he volunteered to work with Habitat Restore through Campus Service Commission and began leadership training through LeadNow®. He soon found more ways to participate: Orientation leader, rugby club member, tutor, Habitat for Humanity trip leader.
Marion, a chemistry and biology major, conducted research in molecular biology and vaccines, plus enzyme kinetics and mechanism elucidation.
"I like being busy," Marion says. "There are way too many opportunities on campus to ignore."
He made the most of opportunities beyond campus, as well. He participated in two study-abroad seminars that examined, respectively, vanished civilizations of the Mediterranean and environmental policy in Norway. This past summer, he shadowed physicians at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo as part of an internship.
"Everything I do makes me think about what my talents are and how I can apply them beyond Concordia," he says.
Marion is just one example of how Concordia takes students farther, faster. As he now prepares for medical school, he confidently states that his education - both inside and outside the classroom - will pay dividends in the future.
"I will be a better leader in my career as a physician because of my experiences," he says.