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Christian Ryckeley

Christian Ryckeley

Christian Ryckeley

Biology and Chemistry

Dublin, North Carolina


Christian is originally from Dublin, North Carolina, and graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in biology, on the zoology track, and chemistry pre-health. He loved being involved on campus as Relay for Life captain, campus community service project volunteer, chancellor’s ambassador, SI instructor, and tutor for three years. Christian’s most proud accomplishment was being involved, which he really enjoyed. Being in the Honors College gave Christian a small community feel that helped him to connect with the rest of campus. The extra resources that come along with being an honors college student made it an enjoyable environment for Christian.

Christian’s senior project was about cardiology and medical terminology. He made Heart Health Literacy Tables, which explain medical terminology to cardiology patients. Christian volunteered his time at hospitals where he held his Heart Health Literacy Tables. He sat down with cardiology patients to help them understand their diagnosis by explaining the medical terminology to them. This helped the patients to learn and understand more about their disease.

After graduation Christian took a gap year to go to Peru for a medical Spanish internship. He learned Spanish four hours of the day, and the rest of the time was spent volunteering in hospitals to work with children. After returning from Peru, Christian hopes to attend medical school and study to become a neurosurgeon. He advises honors students to be open-minded: “The honors college is a mesh of different beliefs; don’t try to stick to one track, or else a lot of opportunities will be out of reach.” His greatest memory while being at UNCP was his trip to Germany his freshman year. Christian was given the opportunity to study abroad through the political science program, which made him step out of his comfort zone. This was the highlight of Christian’s freshman year, and really made a positive impact on him, which helped him throughout his years at UNC Pembroke.

Senior Project
Thesis: Heart Health Literacy Tables: Exploring Cardiology and Medical Terminology with the Community
Faculty Mentor: Mary Elaine Zets