Hometown Hero learns lots of life lessons

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com

Published 09/26 2013 01:22PM

Updated 06/16 2015 03:21PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use. Many people go into the military to get through school. That's how this Hometown Hero's journey started.

Liz Ambros joined the military just to go to school. But, she got sent out on a mission to Iraq and ended up serving six years before getting back to the books.

27-year old Ambros says that service taught her a lot. Now, she's a kinesiology student; a student this year, on her way to being a sports doctor.

But, she walks campus with a lot more experience than most of her peers, having been the only medical provider for a platoon of 40 sailors and marines.

"Being a medic over there, as in Iraq or in Garrison, you know, working with Marines, I was able to pick up a lot of skills and things that most med students don't, wouldn't even dream of doing until their residency."

Ambros served as a corpsman in the Navy. She also says the transition from being overseas to being a student on campus was extreme, but she loved every minute of both experiences. Ambros graduates in May and plans to continue on to medical school.

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