Son of New York Auburn Alumni Pursues COSAM Degree
Although he was raised far from Auburn University in Syracuse, N.Y., Isaiah Pompo said it was instilled in him to love Auburn from a young age. Both of his parents graduated from Auburn and he has been visiting campus since he was 5 years old.
“I was born orange and blue,” he said. “I just fell in love with the city and campus.”
Isaiah’s parents both work in the healthcare field and encouraged him to do so as well, but his sister’s battle with PFAPA syndrome (Periodic Fever, Aphthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis, Adenitis) when she was young revealed to him a passion for the field.
“I really enjoyed seeing the outcomes and seeing how a doctor was able to form a plan to help her out,” he said. “It was so great that I was able to witness it first-hand. I feel like that is my calling and that’s where I’m supposed to be. I’m supposed to be helping people.”
Isaiah is now a sophomore studying biological sciences with a concentration in pre-med through the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) and is interested in pursuing a career as an orthopedic surgeon.
“Being able to put someone back together, there’s something to be said about how you can really change someone’s life,” he said. “There’s so many moving parts in the body and if one part is inhibited there are issues, but once we find that problem and fix it the person seems like a completely different individual.”
Isaiah is a member of pre-health organization Alpha Epsilon Delta, has earned a spot on the Dean’s List since freshman year, and serves as COSAM’s Schools Council Secretary for the Student Government Association. He attends Auburn Community Church, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and is a resident assistant in Talon Hall.
“It’s been great meeting a lot of different people,” he said of his role as resident assistant. “Everyone comes from different backgrounds, different ideas, different thought processes. It’s been a great challenge, but also something that’s really rewarding and fun to be a part of.”
Isaiah said being a COSAM student is everything he hoped it would be.
“It’s tough and COSAM isn’t for every student, but I definitely feel like it is the premier college at this university,” he said. “You are able to showcase your skills and you’re getting top quality teaching and have top quality resources at your dispense. COSAM prepares students for success and gives them the path to do so.”
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