Elias Trace

Elias Trace

Employment and education:

After graduating from Millikin University in 2009, I became a residential real estate agent in Jacksonville, Illinois. Shortly thereafter, I embarked on my current journey to become a physician by enrolling at LLCC to complete coursework in order to fulfill admissions requirements to medical schools. I was admitted to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as a member of the class of 2018 and am currently a third-year medical student. I will be pursing a residency in emergency medicine upon graduation.

How has Lincoln Land Community College impacted your life?

LLCC was integral to helping me achieve my goal of becoming a physician  In order to fulfill requirements for medical school admission, I was required to take 32 credit hours of core science courses before applying. LLCC allowed me the convenience to complete these required courses near my home while also working full time. Without the access to affordable education, I would not be where I am today.

What is your greatest accomplishment(s)?

While it’s still a work in progress, going through medical school while raising three young boys with the help of my wife, Sherie, will easily be my greatest accomplishment!

Was there a professor, advisor, staff member or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were here at LLCC?

Dr. and Mrs. Ramm (chemistry) were very good to me while I was at LLCC. They were both fantastic teachers in that they understood my goals and went out of their way to help me get the most out of my time at LLCC. Also, Maryjane Million in Jacksonville was extremely helpful to me throughout my time at LLCC. A special thanks to her!

What did you like about LLCC or what is your favorite LLCC memory?

I enjoyed the relationships I made while at LLCC. I remember being very surprised and elated that there were fellow students who were doing post-baccalaureate coursework for graduate training like myself. I still keep in touch with them today despite long distances and busy schedules.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

My wife, Sherie and I enjoy raising and spending time with our three sons, Edison (two years old), twins Maxwell and Henry (seven months) and our English bulldog, Booger.