Abby Backs '16

 Name: Abigail (Abby) Backs

Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Fort Recovery, Ohio

Post-graduation plans: I will be attending the Boonshoft School of Medicine this fall in hopes of becoming a pediatrician and eventually returning to my hometown to open up my own office.


How has Wright State prepared you for your post-grad plans?
Wright State has helped prepare me for my medical future by offering such wonderful opportunities for research, community outreach, and challenging courses. The faculty and staff here at Wright State have been phenomenal in helping me work toward achieving my dreams, and I am so glad I chose to pursue my undergraduate (and medical) degree here.

What is your favorite Wright State memory? 
My favorite Wright State memory would have to be when I attended our campus’s very first Raiderthon. It was amazing to watch such a large group of students fundraise for Dayton Children’s Hospital and celebrate in the successes of all of the miracle kids. The experience made me love Wright State that much more because it was a true testament to the giving nature of everyone in the Wright State community, and I was honored to be a part of it.

What advice do you have for underclassmen?
If I could give any piece of advice to underclassmen, I would tell them to get involved in the Wright State community. Wright State has so many wonderful opportunities that are just waiting for people to take advantage of them from undergraduate research to community service initiatives. There are amazing people on this campus, and you never know who you will meet and new things you can learn by just taking a chance.

Would you like to shout-out any professors or staff who helped you get to this point?
I would love to give a shoutout to Dr. Goldstein and Jim Frisbie. Both of these gentlemen helped me through my undergraduate years, whether it was through encouragement in every aspect of my education or making nerdy science jokes. It was always great to know that I had people who find nerdy science jokes as funny as I do and who could always teach me something random about music, podcasts, and weird science studies.