Sabre Story

Dr. Mark Krom ’05

"SCS gave me the tools and experiences necessary to succeed academically but also the biblical foundation, strong relationships, and Christian mentorship that truly impacted my life."

When did you begin at Southside Christian School? What year did you graduate?

I started at SCS in 1999, 7th grade. I graduated in 2005.

What is one of your greatest memories at SCS?

I have many excellent memories at Southside Christian. My favorite memory at SCS was Homecoming 2005. It was the final year that we played soccer for homecoming. I scored two goals in the first half and was named homecoming king at halftime. Also, my high school sweetheart, Sara Blackmon, was named the homecoming queen. She and I were married in 2010. It turned out to be quite the memorable evening for us both!

If you could go back in time, would you attend SCS again?

Absolutely! I remember how nervous I was when my family moved to Simpsonville, SC, and my family and I went on a tour at Southside Christian. There was no way I could have known how SCS would be the perfect environment for me to grow physically (literally, I grew over a foot in the six years I was at SCS), mentally, and spiritually.

Where did you attend college? Did you feel prepared?

I went to college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. I then went to medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus in Blacksburg, VA. I graduated from my pediatric residency at Greenville Health System in 2016. My time at Southside Christian was full of outstanding opportunities. I was able to do many different things while at SCS – AP classes, drama, choir, sports, student government. Each opportunity was full of learning. I learned about the activities I enjoyed and my strengths and weaknesses. I was able to stretch myself academically in multiple AP classes. I formed lasting friendships with both my classmates and students in different graduating classes. I was mentored by excellent Christian role models. The administration, teachers, and coaches each played a role in my growth and development as an adolescent and as a Christian. I chose Liberty University based on the success that I had at SCS and I was able to enroll in the Honors Program at Liberty based on my classroom work and SAT score. That was the launching pad that enabled me to attend medical school, so I am extremely thankful for the time I had at SCS.

Where are you currently employed and how did SCS prepare you for your career?

I am currently finishing up a chief resident year and will be joining the GHS Pediatric General Teaching Faculty in July, working as a pediatric hospitalist and a general practitioner in the outpatient clinic. During my time at SCS, it became clear that I should pursue a career where I was involved in a multitude of roles. As a pediatrician, I have the opportunity to directly work alongside Greenville’s underserved and medically complex populations. Working as a faculty member in the residency program allows time for teaching and mentorship, for both residents and medical students. And being a part of GHS Children’s Hospital provides many different roles in leadership and administration. SCS gave me the necessary tools and experiences to succeed academically, but also the biblical foundation, strong relationships, and Christian mentorship that truly impacted my life.

 

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