From Collegiate High School to medical school

Posted on: July 19, 2011


Eddie Hicks has dreamed of becoming a medical doctor for as long as he can remember. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” Hicks said. “Being in a hospital or clinic feels comfortable. That’s where I want to be. I can’t imagine myself in any other job.” The 19-year-old Hitchcock native credits College of the Mainland’s Collegiate High School program with helping him reach those goals.

Students enrolled in the CHS program are full-time students in both high school and college. They return to their high school campus for extracurricular activities and graduation, but they’re also eligible to participate in COM extracurriculars.

Hicks graduated from CHS as the salutatorian with an associate of science and 70 college credits. He simultaneously was named the valedictorian of Hitchcock High School and enjoyed the challenge of preparing graduation speeches last spring for both CHS and HHS.

Hicks will use most of the credits he earned at CHS toward his biology/premedical degree at University of Texas at Arlington, and he plans to graduate from the Metroplex school next spring. “I’m really glad I did the Collegiate High School program,” Hicks said. “It gave me a thorough insight into what I had to look for (in college). The only reason I’m at UTA now is because of COM.”

Hicks, who last spring became the first person in his family to earn a college degree, earned an automatic full scholarship to UTA by being named to the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.

Hicks was one of 50 community college students nationally, and one of five from Texas, to be named to the Academic Team’s Silver Scholar list. Each of those students was awarded a $1,250 scholarship.
During his two years at CHS, Hicks was very involved with Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society for community colleges.

“It was an amazing experience,” Hicks said. “It really promotes excellence and academic enjoyment.”
Hicks served as vice president of service for PTK’s Sigma Delta Chapter at COM and represented the honor society at its international convention in Seattle.

“He’s very studious, very disciplined,” said Dr. Chris Allen, COM Science professor and PTK advisor. “He’s very dedicated to his academic goals that he had set for himself. When I first met with him, he pretty much knew he was going to be a doctor.”

Hicks enjoyed the program’s small class sizes and the opportunities it provided. “You become a family once you’re part of CHS,” Hicks said.

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