By Pamela Martineau
“Grit: Firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”
That’s the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “grit,” that elusive trait that researchers are finding trumps intelligence, physical strength and academic prowess in predicting success.
Those who’ve studied the trait believe its underpinnings are resilience and passion. If someone has passion for what they are doing and can adapt to an inevitably shifting terrain, they can attain their goals. Here we take a look at some of our students who’ve embraced grit to propel them to success.
Ketchum University is full of students who’ve shown grit along their journey to the University and as they pursue their studies at MBKU. We are proud to share some of their stories with you:
- Alicia Austerman, School of PA Studies, ’18: Her Own Medical Journey Led Her to a Career in Medicine
- Michael Goering, SCCO, ’19: Meeting Each Challenge with Positivity and Gratitude
- Steven Nguyen, College of Pharmacy, ’20: Setbacks Prompt Reflection – and Inner Fortitude
- Steven Bayer, School of PA Studies, ’17: Maneuvering Through Life’s Challenges to Chart His Destiny
- Diana Nguyen, SCCO, ’19: Transitioning From Television Reporter to Optometrist: Persistence Pays Off
- Sandy Rios, College of Pharmacy, ’20: Working to Help Patients Bridge the Language Barrier
- Alexander Paradis, SCCO, ’19: Gaining Compassion and Understanding From Life’s Challenges
- Angie Kim, School of PA Studies, ’17: Bringing Life’s Experience to a New Level of Compassionate Care
Nominate a student to be featured in the next edition of Ketchum Magazine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.