Mother McAuley senior doctors up her educational experiences
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent March 1, 2013 1:28PM
Maggie Graney-Dolan, poses at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago, IL on Thursday January 31, 2013. She wants to be a pediatrician, loves science and kids. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:01AM
Not many people look forward to a doctor’s visit, but Maggie Graney-Dolan isn’t like most people.
The Mother McAuley High School student has an uncanny ability to turn trips to the doctor into learning experiences.
“I look forward to it and ask a lot of questions,” Graney-Dolan said.
She asks them for two reasons: She aspires to become a doctor, and she just can’t stop herself from seeking opportunities to learn every chance she gets.
“I really enjoy learning, so it is easy for me to focus. I enjoy challenging myself and finding out something new,” said Graney-Dolan, the daughter of Mike Dolan and Denise Graney.
Graney-Dolan’s approach to academics is like money in the bank; sure to pay big dividends as she moves into college and then a career.
While Graney-Dolan, 17, a senior, excels in all her classes, Advanced Placement chemistry is her favorite.
“Chemistry is always changing and always progressing. I like not having to stay with something that has already been found but to find something new,” said Graney-Dolan, of Chicago’s Beverly community.
She’s always enjoyed science, which explains her involvement in Women in Science and Engineering.
“WISE is favorite because I want to go into science and I really enjoy that women are breaking the boundaries and going into the higher-level occupations in science and I enjoy that there aren’t as many restrictions in science,” she said. “You can go beyond what is out there.”
She plans to major in chemistry when she heads to college at Miami University in Ohio, St. Louis University or Washington University in St. Louis.
“I enjoy all the campuses,” she said, reporting that her ultimate choice will come down to where she can get a scholarship.
After that, she wants to attend medical school so she can become a pediatrician.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and science so it combines both things I like,” she said. “I always wanted to be a doctor, but working with kids made me want to go into pediatrics.”
Her determination to succeed is evident at school.
“Year in and year out, she has chosen a challenging course load in order to prepare herself for her future career as a pediatrician,” said Jill McManus, her counselor at Mother McAuley. “In the last two years, I have had the pleasure of watching Maggie grow and mature; formulating her plan and putting in the hard work required to become a doctor.”
Graney-Dolan also is on the basketball team, and is a member of the English Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Junior Classical League, a Latin honor society.
“I’ve had some really good teachers at McAuley,” she said, noting that science instructor Kim Turnbull has mentored her the most.
“She has always encouraged myself and all her students to reach beyond our potential and find new things,” Graney-Dolan said.
Her goal to be a doctor keeps her motivated.
“I know it will be challenging to get to where I want to be. Knowing that keeps me going,” she said. “I can’t slack off but have to keep working as hard as I can.”