Farmington, Maine -- Rebecca Young '16 was a field hockey and women's lacrosse student-athlete for UMF. She graduated with a degree in Biology on the Pre-Medical track -- with minors in Interdisciplinary Health & Medicine, Coaching, and Physical Fitness. An impressive academic career in the Western foothills of Maine, Young was a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Squad selection from 2012-2015; she was recognized by the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) as the NAC's first Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015, and she was the only student at UMF presented with the Wilson Fellowship Award for the 2015-2016 academic year by the Undergraduate Research Council. Young is on pace to graduate from the University of New England's College of Dental Medicine in May of 2023.
Name: Rebecca Young
Hometown: Plainfield, New Hampshire
Years at Maine-Farmington: 2012-2016
Sports: Field hockey and women's lacrosse
Positions: Forward (field hockey), attacker (women's lacrosse)
Current residence: Westbrook, Maine
Current occupation: Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) Candidate at the University of New England's College of Dental Medicine
Why did you choose Farmington?
UMF was the obvious choice for me. Farmington reminded me of my hometown, and Coach Pratt gave me a positive first impression of field hockey at UMF.
What are your greatest memories at Farmington?
Sports-wise, my greatest memory was beating Thomas (on our home turf) my senior year to send us to the championship game vs. Husson!
Education-wise, my greatest memory was presenting my research on "Pathological Tooth Migration: Supporting the Need for Educating Preventative Oral Health Care" at the 2016 Northeast Regional Honors Conference.
How has Farmington helped you in your life after college?
I cannot thank UMF enough for where I am in life. In fact, I discovered my passion for dentistry through a field hockey injury at UMF, which ultimately led me to pursue a degree in dental medicine. The foundation for my personal statement of acceptance into dental school was based on the athletic department's core values: 'P.R.I.D.E' (Passion, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, & Education). In my statement, I simply offered the best asset I have – my P.R.I.D.E. These are the values instilled in us as student-athletes at UMF, and I have to say, they have stuck with me ever since. And in fact, my dental philosophy today largely stems from these ideals. Thank you UMF!
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