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Biology Major Puts Her Sights on Med School

Hadley Copeland
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While most college sophomores are still deciding what to major in, Hadley Copeland is already planning her application to medical school next semester. The Topeka, Kansas native is an honor student majoring in biology and minoring in intercultural studies. It sounds like the perfect fit for someone who has known since she was seven years old that she felt called to medical missions.

Hadley plans to be MNU’s first applicant to the Partner Program with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU). If chosen she will become a first-year medical student at KCU during her senior year at MNU.

Dr. Rion Taylor, Hadley Copeland and Dr. Larry McIntire

Dr. Rion Taylor has encouraged Hadley to pursue medical school. Here she meets with Taylor (left) and Larry McIntire, DO, who helped start the Partners Program between MNU and KCU. Read more about the partnership here. 

Hadley has had many opportunities to solidify her plans to become a doctor. In high school, she traveled to the Philippines twice with fellow members of Gracepoint Church. Working with the Trash Mountain Project, they ministered to those who literally make their home, and their living, near the trash dumps. Hadley helped RNs at a medical clinic which made her aware of all sorts of needs.


Hadley found serving young mothers and babies in The Philippines was eye-opening and a blessing. 

Last year Hadley saw a need for and created the Lunch Buddies program at Havencroft Elementary School, just three blocks from campus. She and other students have each been paired with an elementary student and periodically visit Havencroft to have lunch and spend time with them. 

Hadley is also a resident assistant in Stockton-Rice. She says being an RA is the best part of her extracurricular endeavors because she gets to experience life with people her own age.

“I love helping them and (she laughs) getting to be a lot of people’s friend.” 

Hadley also co-leads a group of 50 women in a book study. The experience is enriching their relationships with each other and with God. Her spiritual life is important to her and as Dr. Kelvin St. John, professor of practical theology says, it makes Hadley a great candidate to be a caring physician. 

“Hadley is really caring,” Dr. St. John says. “She works well with people of all ages. First graders at Golden Bell; young adults here on campus; she’s got a big heart.” 

She makes juggling coursework, extracurricular activities, volunteer service and relationships look easy. But its challenging in every way. 

I’ve had times in college when I thought I couldn’t do it, but my professors push and tell me I can,” Hadley says. “There are a lot of good days too. It’s all worth it.

Hadley Copeland

Hadley with Dr. Mark Hayse, director of Honors Program.

Hadley with Dr. Mark Hayse, director of MNU’s Honors Program. Hadley says Hayse is a “huge part” of why she chose MNU. “He encourages us to explore all career options and keep an open mind during college; to learn from other fields of study and other people. And he’s brilliant.”

If accepted into the early admission program, Hadley will know she has a spot in medical school, far in advance of graduation from MNU. She will be well on her way to realizing the dream God put in her heart as a child. 

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