Class of 2015
Andrew Shepherd studied mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado for three years before realizing that he didn’t want to be in school. So he quit.
Eight years later, inspired by his brother, Stephen, a 2006 BC graduate who is completing his residency in family medicine, Andrew decided to pursue a degree in medicine and returned to school. This time, he followed in Stephen's footsteps and went to Bridgewater College, where he said he knew the biology department had a good reputation.
Andrew said he and his brother talked a lot while Stephen was in medical school. His brother would tell him what he was learning and doing. Andrew would then read everything he could find on the subject and the two would discuss it. His brother’s passion for medicine rubbed off on him and he knew that he wanted to go into medicine, too.
In addition to his studies, Andrew is enhancing his graduate school application by gaining exposure to the real responsibilities of medicine. He serves as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, and is treasurer of the Pre-Med Society, one of the largest student groups on campus. He also is a member of Beta Beta Beta, a biological honor society.
Another important aspect of Andrew’s life is participating in outdoor sports.
During the eight years between his two college experiences, Andrew was a professional mountain biker and accomplished skier. He dabbled in car racing and guided bicycle tours around Europe.
Six of those years were spent with Trek Bicycle Corporation, where he worked as a mechanic for its World Cup racing program. During this time, he traveled to Central and South America, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia with some of the top professional bicycle racers.
As a professional mechanic, he worked at the highest level, not only servicing bicycles, but also providing direct input into product development by testing prototype products and suggesting improvements.
At Bridgewater, Andrew continues his outdoor adventures. An active cyclist, he said the area has a number of excellent trails, including Reddish Knob, Narrow Back Mountain and Massanutten Resort.
Andrew also teamed up with history professor Dr. James Josefson to start a fly-fishing club at BC. The group plans on exploring the South River in Waynesboro, Va., and the North River in the George Washington National Forest, as well as mountain trout streams.
For Andrew it is important to combine his passion for medicine with his love for the outdoors. At Bridgewater, he has found the perfect place to do just that.