Education: Wofford College | BS, Biology & Spanish
“I hope to serve the community in which I live.”
“It’s easy to miss once you’ve been here a while, but not every city feels this alive,” says Brooke Wagen, who applied to just one medical school — Dell Med, in her adopted hometown of Austin. The timing was perfect.
“I’ve known I wanted to be a physician for about two decades, but I wanted to be a mom first. So, here I am with my oldest going off to college and my youngest happily settled into first grade,” she says.
A regular around her East Austin neighborhood, she advocates and translates for her Spanish-speaking neighbors. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels and at Kealing Middle School, where one of her sons is a student.
As a doctor, she intends to grow her connection with the city. “I hope to serve the community in which I live, particularly the geriatric population and the homebound in public housing,” she says.
Brooke is deeply committed to Austin. “We’re a hub for creativity, building, thinking, dreaming, starting new things, talking about change … and doing it,” she says. She sees those same values in the medical school, which she’s watched closely as it rises along the Interstate 35 corridor, just west of her front door.
Built: Her own swimming pool from a shipping container
Translated: For U.S.-based surgeons volunteering in Mexico and Guatemala