Leader in action finds perfect mix of science, humanity

Madison Wahlen, Public Health Education/Pre-Med, ’19, seeks humanity in academics and in her daily life. The Rochester, Minn., native is driven to serve others, and that’s what brought her to the University of North Dakota.

“I like science, but it wasn’t something that I felt really passionate about,” Wahlen said. “It didn’t have that human component, and I was looking at all the different majors that are offered (at UND), and public health caught my eye.”

Here, she was able to have it all. She volunteered for the Mobile Farmer’s Market, did health promotion and sun safety classes for North Dakota Special Olympics and also led tough conversations about binge drinking and STDs with her UND peers.

“I love that I (am) able to make a difference with the things that I’m learning,” she said. “I will truly be able to help people with what I have learned.” Read and hear the full story online.