COSAM News Articles 2021 December COSAM Graduation Marshal embraces passion for medicine and serving the public

COSAM Graduation Marshal embraces passion for medicine and serving the public

Published: 12/06/2021

By: Maria Gebhardt

“It is truly an extraordinary honor to represent my fellow COSAM students and college in this role,” said Charley Garrett Stanfield, a chemistry major. “Being selected to serve as the COSAM graduation marshal after working so hard to succeed, is such a dream come true.”

Stanfield, a student in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) will represent the college at the Dec. 11 commencement ceremony.

“As COSAM’s Graduation Marshal, Charley showcases the importance for students to take advantage of opportunities in academics, research and volunteering. She is an excellent example of how a student can give back to others and have a well-rounded experience,” said Edward Thomas Jr., interim dean. 

She plans to attend medical school and volunteer giving back to her community.

“My career goal is to become a rheumatologist once graduating from medical school. In this position, I feel like I can embrace my passion for medicine and serving the public,” Stanfield said. “I hope to use my experiences from my time at Auburn to build a strong career in the medical industry.”

Chemistry was more than just a major for her.

“For me it was more that chemistry was a subject that I found challenging and interesting at the same time,” she added. “Chemistry became a passion for me as I was able to apply it in real life. For me, challenges are what make learning so fun.”  

Stanfield’s favorite chemistry class was Organic Chemistry 1.

“It was very enjoyable to draw molecules in class! It was also my first chemistry class at Auburn as a transfer student and very different from what I had known as a chemistry class. It challenged the way I studied and learned material; it shaped the overall way I approach learning today,” she said.   

During her time on the Plain, what is the best advice she received?

“The best advice I was given was to not be afraid to ask for help if you ever need it. Reaching out to my professors for extra help really aided my success in my advanced chemistry classes,” said Stanfield.   


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