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(Boston, Ma.) Dillard University sophomore Nneoma Duru (SO/Austin, TX) was recently selected into Boston University School of Medicine's Early Medical School Selection Program. Duru is majoring in biology and lived in Austin, Texas, for ten years before moving to New Orleans to pursue her dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
"I went to an open house at Dillard during my senior year at Vista Ridge High School and one of the professors at Dillard (Dr. Agwaramgbo) told me about the opportunity," said Duru. "I had to submit three letters of recommendation as well as keeping a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Approximately two years ago, Duru stepped on the campus of Dillard University as a member of the Lady Bleu Devils basketball team. In her first scrimmage, she tore her ACL, meniscus, and even sprained her MCL (all in her right knee) during her first collegiate scrimmage against Southwest Mississippi Community College.
"In the first four minutes of our scrimmage I remember one of my teammates shooting the basketball but missed, and I thought to myself 'I'm about to grab this board and get an and one'. I jumped to grab the ball, but when I landed, I lost the ball and heard a loud popping sound," said Duru.
Duru has played basketball for 12 years and made that play thousands of times, but this time was different.
"I thought I just landed on someone's leg, so that's when a trainer, Coach Rome and Amber Tramel came to me on the court, and at that moment I knew my season was over."
Instead of giving up, Duru used her extra time outside of rehabilitating her injured knee and put in extra work in her studies.
For Duru, the injury was a blessing in disguise because it gave her extra time to focus on her studies. She maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout her freshman year and recently finished her first season of NAIA collegiate basketball, and she was fortunate enough to reap the benefits of her hard work and dedication in the classroom by being accepted into Boston University's the Early Medical School Selection Program.
"It feels good to finally see the benefits of all my hard work," said Duru. "Even though I know it's just the beginning, I know it's a great start and I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I can't wait to one day become Dr. Nneoma Duru!"