Silas Finds Opportunity and Support During His Pre-Med Studies

August 1, 2023

Silas came to ICC after being homeschooled his entire life. He knew he wanted to go to college and pursue his education while being financially responsible and staying close to home to continue his hobbies, clubs, and volunteer work.

I enjoy the small classes and direct interactions with professors which helps me stay focused and succeed in my classes.

Silas Mattern

Silas was ultimately inspired by his father, a leader at OSF, to enter the healthcare field. Today, he is a student pursuing an Associate in Science Degree at Illinois Central College. Silas’ studies are fueled by his dreams of becoming a doctor.

In the Spring of 2023, Silas had an opportunity to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with a group of healthcare professionals. While there, Silas, a volunteer firefighter and certified Emergency Medical Technician, assisted the medical team in a traveling clinic treating underprivileged communities in and around San Juan. Silas appreciated the opportunity, he praises his professors Melissa Grunow and Dr. Thomas Haner who encouraged him to seize the opportunity to put his education and experience to use helping others.

He says his first semester was “a trial by fire,” but he quickly discovered meeting with his professors and seeking tutoring in our Academic Support Center helped him “juggle all the new experiences that college involved.” Silas enjoys attending ICC and is grateful for all of the support provided. He looks forward to paying it forward as he pursues his goal of being a doctor.

We are confident that Silas has a bright future and are proud to be a part of it.