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Jake Zipkin '18

Jake Zipkin '18

Admissions Interviewer



Physics and Music (Interdepartmental         


Dix Hills, N.Y.

Why I chose Union

As a future physician, I knew that I would need a solid academic foundation in the sciences. However, to be a good doctor requires a much broader skill set. Proper communication is essential for correct diagnosis and treatment, and to prevent errors. Exchange of ideas, increasingly taking place over great distances or via social media, demands excellent written and verbal abilities. Understanding the patient as a whole person, rather than just a list of symptoms, will allow me to deliver treatment with greater empathy and compassion. Union's integration of a strong liberal arts education, which encourages self-expression and the pursuit of knowledge, with a demanding science curriculum, allows me to achieve these goals.

Study Abroad:   

Holocaust History Mini-Term in Poland

Favorite professors: 

Professor Brian Cohen (Biology), Professor Scott LaBrake (Physics) and Professor Dianne McMullen (Music). In addition, Laura Munkres and Thomas McEvoy from Minerva Programs have also been significant, positive influences in my college experience.

Favorite classes: 

Jazz Workshop, “Artistic Revolutionaries” (First-Year Preceptorial), and “Medical Physics”

Favorite activities:   

Playing the violin, participating in Minerva events and relaxing with friends

Favorite place on campus:

Messa House Minerva

Favorite local restaurant: 

La Mexicana

Favorite food on campus: 

Philly cheese steak with eggs!