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Leading the Pride featuring future D.O. and Biology alum, Matthew McLaughlin (’17)

October 24, 2018

Matthew McClaughlinLeading the Pride is a monthly podcast that focuses on accomplished Suomi College and Finlandia University alumni. This month’s guest is Matthew McLaughlin (‘17), who was one of the first graduates from Finlandia’s new Biology program. McLaughlin was also a graduate of the ROTC program, a four year hockey player and the Class of 2017 student speaker. He commissioned into the US Army as a second lieutenant after college and is currently utilizing the Health Professions Scholarship Program to attend medical school at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“I wanted to go to medical school because I wanted to serve my country and help in the medical field as well,” said McLaughlin. 

McLaughlin hopes to become an army medical officer after finishing medical school.

Listen as host, Olivia Myers, and McLaughlin talk about his decision to take a gap year, the challenges of getting into medical school and the struggles of finding a club hockey team to join in Idaho.

Matthew Mclaughlin’s Words of Wisdom

“I know how rewarding it is, and being able to touch a person’s life and save a person’s life is something that’s really special and something I look forward to.” – Matthew McLaughlin.


Know an amazing Suomi or Finlandia alum we should feature or even would like to be featured yourself? We’d love to have you!

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Thanks for checking out Leading the Pride, one of four podcasts in the Finlandia University Podcast Network. Leading the Pride is a monthly interview series getting to know the story of Suomi College/Finlandia University alumni. You can check out an archive at finlandia.edu/fridays. We also invite you to subscribe to the Finlandia Podcast Network wherever you get podcasts.

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