I Got This

Trey Rogers ’23

Hofstra University is all that I expected it would be ... and more. Since day one I have been surrounded by peers and faculty that would go to any length to see me succeed.

Preparing to apply to medical school has been a daunting task, but the faculty and students have been more than supportive. In my four years, I have had the opportunity to shadow a variety of physicians, intern at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Emergency Department, and participate in two research projects. These experiences sharpened my critical thinking skills and reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine.

I also compete as a Division I wrestler. Between early morning lifts, afternoon practices, and long weekends traveling, I’ve served as captain, qualified for the NCAA National Tournament, and gained so many memories that I won’t soon forget.

Attending Hofstra has allowed me the opportunity to chase down my dreams, and I know you will be able to do the same!


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Hofstra is less than an hour from New York City, but for Trey Rogers, it felt a lot like the small town in Minnesota where he grew up.


“What sold me on Hofstra is the community feel,” he said. “The campus is small enough that you are always running into friends and familiar faces. At the same time, you have all the resources you need to do well academically.”

As a double major in biochemistry and pre-medical studies and a member of the Division 1 Wrestling team, Rogers brings the same commitment to his studies and his sport.

“If I want to do well in class, I take notes, spend hours studying, and ask lots of questions,” he said. “If I want to win in wrestling, I put in the time to work out and practice.”

“There are no shortcuts. How hard you work shows in your performance.”

A 4.0 GPA student every semester since his sophomore year, Rogers has been accepted to medical school at Dartmouth College, the University of Colorado and St. Louis University.

“I wasn’t sure of the path,” he said. “My advisers helped me plan out my courses and put me in touch with the right people.” His professors connected him with opportunities to complete two research projects and intern at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he shadowed different physicians in the emergency department. “The experience reaffirmed my decision to go into medicine.”

On the mat, he’s served as captain of the wrestling team, qualified for the NCAA National Tournament, and joined his teammates in countless dual meet wins. He’s been honored as Hofstra’s Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was the 2021-2022 recipient of the Colonel E. David Woycik, Jr. Award for Leadership and Service.

Rogers, who is also in Hofstra’s Rabinowitz Honors College, says he appreciates the University’s liberal arts curriculum. “I consider myself a science-based person, but Honors College has exposed me to material that I didn’t think I'd enjoy as much as I have,” he said. “I’ve taken classes in philosophy, Greek epic poems, and ethics.

'Taking humanities classes has prepared me for the more social aspects of treating people and set me up to do well on the MCAT."

As much success as he’s had as a student and athlete, some of his favorite moments are when he’s spending time with his friends and teammates.

“After practice we all go to the dining room in the Student Center,” he said. “We sometimes spend two to three hours just hanging out and talking and laughing. No one is looking at their phone. I always look forward to that time we have together.”

» Trey’s story isn't unique. In fact, among Hofstra University's 2020-2021 undergraduate degree recipients, 96% of alumni from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (65% knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or had started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation. Visit our outcomes page at hofstra.edu/outcomes for detailed information.

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