Learning and observing at a clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is just one thread in the rich tapestry of life experience Tim McGinnis is weaving, which blends his work, volunteerism and education into something that is uniquely his own.
After earning a perfect score on the SAT and graduating from Providence Day in 2008, Tim headed to Princeton to study anthropology. While there, he took a two year leave to attend Deep Springs College in California, a highly selective school devoted to helping students prepare themselves for lives of service to humanity.
At Deep Springs the student body of 26 is required to run the ranch and farm attached to the secluded college. It was while working there as an emergency medical technician that Tim developed an interest in medicine. After graduating from Princeton in 2013, Tim continued his focus on the intersection of medicine and anthropology at Wellbody Alliance, a healthcare nonprofit that serves patients in Sierra Leone, along with taking pre-med courses at Harvard University Extension School.
Tim credits the diversity of his experiences so far with his ability to approach decisions with a certain sense of calm. “I really appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to do some pretty wildly different things,” he explains. “Those experiences helped me realize there isn’t just one best path; there are many different ways of doing good work.”
His adventure took a new turn when Tim was selected as one of only 32 American recipients of the Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. While there, he plans to continue his examination of health care and history through an Economic and Social History Masters of Philosophy degree. Tim views this next step in his journey as another opportunity, saying, “I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the world in a different way, and seeing what comes of it.”