Amy Iarrobino, The Tenacious Scholar

Amy Iarrobino

Amy Iarrobino discovered her pluck on ice.

A junior figure skater, she once was rushed to the emergency room after a bad fall, only to return to the competition later in the day to land the very jump that sent her to the hospital. She learned discipline and sacrifice on ice, grace under pressure, too. The ice wiped the word “can’t” from her vocabulary: if Iarrobino said it, her coach made her do push-ups—on ice.

No longer skating competitively, Iarrobino is now putting her pluck to good use in various leadership positions on campus. She is active in Kappa Delta sorority, director of All Campus Events, and co-chair of the Dance Marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. She also volunteers in the pediatrics unit of Florida Hospital. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I could talk,” she said.

Professor of Biology Eileen Gregory says Iarrobino has the right attitude for medical school. “She is tenacious,” she said. “In my class, she had to research and isolate a specific bacterium and she enjoyed this work even when it did not proceed as smoothly as she might have wished. After a couple of months of hard work, she was successful. She maintained her enthusiasm throughout the process and did it all with a wonderful warm smile on her face.”

Iarrobino said without the Cornell Scholarship, she would not have been able to enroll at Rollins and likely would have missed the opportunity to study abroad (Rome—the “best six weeks of my life”) and her summer internship studying melanoma at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. “Getting into research is really competitive. I’m happy I have my foot in the door,” she said.

After shadowing several doctors, Iarrobino is leaning toward pediatrics or immunology, which Gregory says will be a perfect match. “Amy is gentle and warm and able to explain complicated information in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. I believe she will be well loved by her patients and will become an excellent and well-respected physician.”

Major: Biology
Hometown: Tampa
Little-known fact: Ice-skated competitively as a kid
Admires: Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan
Favorite literary character: Scout Finch
Known for: Long legs
Admits to… procrastinating by making playlists on iTunes
Favorite toy as a child: Pink-and-white trike
You did what? Jumped off a cliff in Capri into the Mediterranean
Nickname: Amos
Breakfast: Bread, yogurt, fruit
Motto: “The past is history, the future a mystery, and now is a gift—that’s why it’s called the present.”
Dream job: If not an ice-cream taste-tester, then a doctor

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