AIKCU Voices: Samuel Golden, University of the Cumberlands

For 2020 we’re asking students and alumni of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities to share stories about their college experiences in a new series we’re calling AIKCU Voices. If you’d like to share your story, email us at

UC student Samuel Golden in lab

Having come from a small Christian high school, University of the Cumberlands seemed like a perfect fit for me! The small class sizes and tight-knit community feel among the students and faculty drew me in and made me feel right at home. The success of UC graduates in being placed in medical schools and other graduate programs reinforced my decision strongly, and makes me feel confident that Cumberlands is preparing me for a bright future. The education I am receiving at the University of the Cumberlands is immensely valuable to me. My experience here has given me the knowledge and confidence I need to pursue the big goals I have in life. I have also been encouraged to give back to the community, a practice that I plan to continue for the rest of my life especially as a medical professional here in Kentucky. 

Cumberlands has given me valuable experience, especially in the lab setting. By being given the opportunity to be a lab TA, I have improved my knowledge of lab techniques and will be able to separate myself from the crowd through my proficiency and confidence in the lab. Likewise, the relationships I have built with professors in my department have given me confidence that any of them could write me a solid recommendation and help me make the next steps towards my career. State aid such as KEES not only helped me cover college expenses but encouraged me to stay in Kentucky for my education.

Samuel Golden
Somerset, Kentucky
University of the Cumberlands