Saige Perry, a rising senior biology major in the pre-osteopathic medicine track, is looking forward to beginning her studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) next fall. There, she will be able to focus on medical school and learning more about the human body and its afflictions.

But before she transitions, one thing she doesn’t have to worry about is taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Because her SAT scores were so high, and through hard work and dedication in her classes at Mount Aloysius, Saige was able to skip taking the MCAT.

“Not needing to take the MCAT this summer was the biggest blessing of the 4+4 program,” Saige said. “The fact that I didn’t need to take the exam was an entire weight off my shoulders, as it’s very demanding and expensive.”

Without having to take the exam, Saige is able to focus on finishing her senior year and devote time to the clubs and activities she is involved with on campus.

Saige founded the MAC Rotaract Club her sophomore year, and has seen the club grow in popularity and success ever since. The club is sponsored by the local Rotary Club, of which Saige is a member. She also serves as secretary of the Mount’s Multicultural Affairs Board.

“My favorite part about my major at the Mount is just discovering so much about life,” Saige said. “I am constantly learning things about life that I find so fascinating, whether it be the human body or other organisms. This continues to fuel my love for medicine.”

Saige loves being in the biology program, and she’s excited to move on to studying at LECOM, but that doesn’t mean that she thinks the program is easy.

“While this program is so great, LECOM expects a lot from their students, even before they get there. They will constantly be checking in on you and pushing you to succeed. However, the program is really great for those that know that they want to go to medical school when they are in high school.”

After she graduates from MAC, Saige will have a few weeks to spend with family and friends before beginning her studies at LECOM. When that is completed, she hopes to start a residency in a specialty she loves.