BATH TOWNSHIP — Abigail Bitters, an 18-year-old senior that goes to Bath High School is hoping her love of science and medicine translates into a career where she can help people.
Bitters is planning on attending Indiana State University in Terre Haute to major in biology and become a genetic counselor.
“I have a lot of personal experience with genetic disorders, and I also just find it really interesting,” Bitters said. “Both sides of my family have a lot of genetic disorders in general. My mom has celiac (disease). My aunt had a bunch of different things like organ failure and stuff. I’ve been really used to being around that kind of stuff. I also just really liked science.”
Her choice of going to Indiana State came almost by accident.
“I didn’t really know about it until earlier this year. I was looking at Ohio State and Cincinnati because they’re the only ones that have the program, but once I found out about it, I looked more into it and I applied and I got into the honors program there. They also offered me a lot (in aid). I actually got a couple of scholarships from there.
She plans on getting her bachelor’s in biology and then go to graduate school and pursue a master’s in genetics.
At Bath High School, Bitters is involved in National Honor Society and she edits the Paw Print newspaper.
During her high school career she was involved in INTERACT, Gatekeepers and Spanish Club. She also used to cheer and play volleyball.
Bitters says she’s thankful for the experience she’s had at Bath High School.
“I feel like they give us a lot of opportunities here and there’s a lot of different clubs to get involved with,” Bitters added.
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