Dental Medicine Major and Student-Athlete Pursues Passions for Soccer and Dentistry at Seton Hill
From the time she was a child, Victoria Rothrauff knew she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. She felt inspired by the welcoming environment created by her own dentist, Matthew Price DDS. His impact on Victoria led her to start working at his office, Dentistry for Kids. The experience she gained working in a dentist’s office has only fueled her passion for a career in dentistry.
Victoria enrolled at Seton Hill because it allowed her to pursue her intended major – through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) Dental Medicine Partnership Program – and play soccer at the same time.
Victoria felt drawn to Seton Hill’s affiliation with LECOM and its Early Acceptance Program. The Early Acceptance Program offers qualified students a reserved letter of acceptance to one of LECOM’s College of Medicine schools with the completion of an undergraduate degree.
“It is super helpful to be in an environment where my teammates and best friends are working hard all the time; it pushes me to want to as well."
“Throughout my undergraduate degree, I felt it would be important to stay informed about my graduate program," Victoria said. "I get this information as an Early Acceptance Program student.”
After her time at Seton Hill, Victoria plans to further her education at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. There, she will pursue a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree and specialize in patient care in the dental field.
“I was able to tour LECOM’s Bradenton campus this summer,” Victoria said. “That only intensified my excitement for what's to come.”
For right now, however, she's still enjoying her time at Seton Hill.
“One of the best parts of Seton Hill is that I am surrounded by student-athletes with majors that are also difficult,” Victoria said. “It is super helpful to be in an environment where my teammates and best friends are working hard all the time; it pushes me to want to as well. I think being a student-athlete has only helped me by getting me up early each day, giving structure to my days, and allowing me to be active and competitive outside the classroom."