Meet the Class of 2020: Musician Aspires to Medical Profession
Date published: July 5, 2016
Ever since her cousin Bridget left for UD three years ago, Rose Safranek of the incoming
Class of 2020 has wanted to do the same. The aspiring biochemistry major and someday
physician was attracted by UD’s exceptional science program, as well as the fact that
her older sister and two cousins are students here.
“I realized I couldn’t truly envision myself anywhere but UD,” Safranek said. “I love
everything about the University of Dallas!”
Safranek, who has always loved science, took general chemistry at Creighton University
in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, this past school year, which led to her decision
to major in biochemistry. Her father is an infectious disease physician, her mother
is a nurse, and several of her aunts and uncles are also in the medical field, so
Safranek’s interest in the medical profession is obviously inspired by her family.
“Ideally I would love to have a profession just like my father’s,” said Safranek.
“The challenge and responsibility of saving the lives of others and the human interaction
Dad enjoys with his patients are all of special interest to me.”
Safranek admitted, however, that she’s also passionate about philosophy and literature.
“I’m sure I’ll grow to appreciate them even more at UD,” she said, “so it’s very possible
my biochemistry major won’t stand for long!”
As a homeschooled student, Safranek has been able to enjoy a wealth of extracurricular
activities, including eight years of classical ballet study and several years of organ
and piano lessons; in fact, she held the position of organ scholar at the cathedral
in Omaha for two years of high school. Singing, however, is her true passion: she’s
been involved in choir or taken private voice lessons almost her entire life and has
been a hired cantor and organist at a local parish for Sunday Masses, weddings and
funerals in addition to singing annually in local productions of Handel’s “Messiah”
since seventh grade.
Safranek has performed in two musicals, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
and “Hello, Broadway,” as well as held featured roles in four homeschool Shakespeare
plays; she’s a self-described “acting devotee.” She’s a Latin and math tutor and teaches
piano lessons to several children; she loves to teach and hopes she might be able
to put that love to use at UD as a tutor for other students or working in one of the
As far as activities in which she might engage at UD, Safranek knows that her biochemistry
major will take up a good deal of her time, but with whatever’s left over, she might
pursue either a music concentration or at the very least participate in music ministry
for Masses on campus. She is interested in being part of Drama Department productions
as well as the Swing Club. At some point she might also like to get involved in student
government or work in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
“I guess I’ll just have to wait and see, but I wish I could do everything!” she said.
When she does ever happen to have some downtime, Safranek might be found playing sports
and goofing off with her siblings, talking politics and philosophy with her uncles,
writing a capella music, reading literature or poetry, jogging or taking a much-needed
nap in the sun.
Safranek is looking forward to experiencing the classes and professors at UD and to
meeting her fellow students.
“I absolutely love meeting new people, and the education at UD attracts a very special
type of person, I think -- one who’s passionate about learning and faith,” she said.
“I’m excited to get to know young people so similar to me in such fundamental pursuits.”
She’s also looking forward to the warm Texas weather.
“I will not shed a tear as I leave behind Omaha’s harsh winters,” she said.