Biology Alumni

 

Tim Blumenstein
Tim Blumenstein ’11

 

Current occupation

High School Science Teacher

 

Current residence

Charlotte, NC

 

Church

Church of Redeemer

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

JV soccer, resident assistant, education & tri-beta club.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

2011-2012: taught middle school science courses and AP biology at Washington Christian Academy (Olney, MD) and coached middle school boys soccer, 2012-Present: teaching high school students in biology at Covenant Day School (Matthews, NC) while completing a master’s in biology through Clemson University.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

Experiencing creation’s beauty, brokenness, and need for a savior with my students.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

From an academic standpoint, Covenant’s professors taught me to see that biology can be much more than a major written on my transcript. Biology can be a worshipful exploration of the Carpenter and His workshop. As a teacher and graduate student in biology, I am blessed to constantly experience the benefits from my degree at Covenant.

 

Tell us a little about your involvement with your church.

Life group member, children’s church teacher, involved in youth group.

 

 


 

Tiffany Shin
Tiffany Shin ’07

 

Current occupation

General pediatrician

 

Current residence

North Carolina

 

Family members

Richard Shin

 

Church

Christ Community Church

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

I am thankful for the community at Covenant and the many opportunities to be involved on campus. I lived on campus during my four years at Covenant, except for the final semester when I studied abroad in Costa Rica with the Latin American Studies Program. In addition to campus life, I participated in various other activities. I studied biology at Covenant, and I was involved in the biology club and also served as club president. During that time, I initiated and established the local chapter of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society at Covenant. I also was a mentor for other students in the diversity program, and I was a core group leader for Bible study fellowship. I am thankful as well for the academic coursework and unique service and leadership opportunities provided through the Maclellan Scholars Program.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

I studied medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. During medical school, I was a member of the Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society. I also volunteered at a student-run medical clinic, where we provided health services to local, underserved individuals. I also was very involved in the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and I helped lead the University of North Carolina chapter, coordinating activities and meetings, including hosting a regional conference on human trafficking with International Justice Mission. I stayed in Chapel Hill to complete pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina Pediatric Residency Program. I have worked in medically underserved areas in the United States and around the globe, including Kenya, Honduras, and Jamaica, to provide pediatric care and medical education. I also did research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital studying childhood cancer and infectious diseases.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I enjoy partnering with families throughout every stage of life as their children grow and develop through the years. I enjoy caring for newborn infants, young adults, and all ages in between! I marvel at the intricacy of the human body and the handiwork of God. I endeavor to provide care for children and their families holistically—as physical, emotional, spiritual, and social beings. It is a privilege to care for children and families in both health and sickness. Each day brings the opportunity to meet patients and families where they are in their suffering, need, and realities of life and to offer relief, hope, and comfort. I value the opportunity to advocate for children—many of whom cannot effectively speak, protect, or advocate for themselves, especially those who are less privileged in our country and around the world.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Covenant College provided me with an excellent foundation upon which to build through the years. I experienced a rigorous education, gaining knowledge and skills from talented professors, which equipped me for medical school and beyond. These professors invested in me academically and also became my role models, mentors, and friends. I enjoyed campus life and community at Covenant, and I am thankful for the meaningful relationships and lifelong friendships formed there. Covenant College challenged me in my worldview and perspectives, further pushing me to think critically, use discernment, and integrate faith and Biblical truth in all I do as a thinker and lifelong learner.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

We are members at Christ Community Church. We are part of a small group and I also have participated in the women’s Bible studies. I previously served on the mercy ministry committee, helping to define and articulate the vision and supporting framework for church-sponsored mercy ministry, coordinate partnerships, and take action in the community.

 

 


 

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