Red Vest Review

Red-Vested Rockstar: Jacob Goodwin

Jacob-GoodwinWhy he rocks?! “Ever since I entered college I had an idea that I wanted to pursue medicine as a career, so I looked for volunteer opportunities as a way to get myself in a hospital setting to help me discern if this path was right for me. A friend told me about the great experiences he had had at Children’s, so I applied to volunteer here for the summer of 2014. I started out at the welcome desk then moved to surgery in the fall. I’ve been there ever since except for a semester-long detour last spring when I was studying abroad in Rome! I’m now a senior Biochemistry and Catholic Studies double major at the University of St. Thomas, and I recently was accepted to medical school for next year!”

What is your favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “I love music, especially singing. I sing in the UST Chamber Singers, a 40-voice mixed choir, and the Summit Singers, an all-male acappella group on campus. Along with being able to create beautiful and fun music with my peers, I love performing and sharing my music with others. I also play the guitar and have dabbled with writing my own songs.”

Do you have any pets or kids of your own? “My family has a 10-year-old yellow lab named Lady that I got for my 12th birthday and my family has had about 25 different cats over my lifetime.”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “I would do something that merges Twix and Milky Way—chocolate coating, nougat, caramel, and biscuit. And then I would have to have a version that adds peanut butter. As for a name I’d have to play off of my high school nickname and call it The Goodybar.”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “My favorite moments as a surgery volunteer are every time I get to see parents reunite with their child after surgery. The parents usually come out of the operating room very anxious and scared, and I absolutely love being able to tell them that the surgery is over and their child is doing well. Once we get back to the recovery unit, my favorite thing is seeing the great relief and overwhelming joy on their faces because they get to hold their child again. Life is so beautiful!”

Jen Swanson