I am the future Dr. Fetterhoff.
With two years of med school down and about to start hospital rotations in summer 2013, Nikki Salerno-Fetterhoff is sure her undergraduate preparation was as strong as any of her classmates at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The 2011 SVSU graduate (Bachelor of Science degree, biology major, and minors in chemistry and Spanish) claims that the well-rounded experience she had – academically as well as socially – helped her gain leadership experience, see the world, build confidence, create connections and networks and become the person she is today.
I am grateful.
Nikki is quite clear about the fact that besides her family, SVSU has been the most influential aspect of her life. And she is incredibly grateful to both.
She thinks often about how much impact her undergraduate experiences had on her acceptance into med school as well as her current successes. “SVSU shaped me professionally, academically, internationally and socially,” Nikki says. She spent a semester abroad in Segovia, Spain, an experience that fulfilled one of her life-long dreams. The Fenton native adds that the travel component of the highly selective Roberts Fellowship program was another “life changer.” She says that her work as a Peer Health Educator, Foundations Scholar and member of the International Students Club all bolstered her confidence and helped her believe that med school was a possibility.
I am Forever Red.
There’s no escaping the fact Nikki is a Cardinal through-and-through. She’s forgiven her older brother for going to another school and is working hard on her 16-year-old little brother to head to Cardinal Country. And on Dec. 22, 2012, she wed Joe Fetterhoff ('11), who is having his own amazing career for the U.S. Department of Defense in Battle Creek.
In her senior year, Nikki was a member of the highly selective Roberts Fellows Program. Twelve outstanding students work together for an entire academic year with weekly seminars, a year-long service project and a three-week trip to Asia , learning about leadership from a global perspective. The program is offered at no cost to the participants.
Peer Health Educators are formally selected, trained and supported by the Student Counseling Center. These SVSU students are volunteers who sponsor events, create programs, give presentations and consult with students on health-related topics.
Foundation Scholars are a select group of up to 60 freshmen who share a unique college experience through common coursework, living communities and opportunities to study abroad or improve a social condition in the local community through the award of a $1,500 stipend. Students also enjoy priority registration for the first two years and extra-curricular activities and events that are paid for through the program. It kicks off with an overnight retreat held before the start of the fall semester.