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Student Spotlight - Ana

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

High School: Saguaro High School

ASU Major: Bachelor of Science in nutrition, concetration in human nutrition

Why ASU?

When it came time to send in college applications, I knew that I wanted to be part of an institution that offered numerous scholarship opportunities, had a strong science faculty and a diverse student body. Arizona State University not only met all of my expectations but exceeded them. There are undergraduate organizations for every type of individual and endless resources for students. Many of ASU's science faculty, such as the Biodesign Institute's Bert Jacobs and nutrition department's Keith Martin, are at the forefront of emerging scientific advancements.

What activities are you involved in?

Employment: I have worked as a tutor for anatomy and physiology students specializing in a creative approach to learning that includes visual models, games and the formulation of mnemonics.

Volunteer: I volunteer weekly at a plastic surgeon's office in downtown Phoenix. In addition to cosmetic procedures, the doctor also specializes in breast reconstruction for cancer patients and it is truly an honor to be involved with such a practice. I engage in a variety of tasks in the office including filing, scheduling patient appointments, preparing surgery packets and shadowing the physician's appointments. Outside of the office, I have been privileged enough to observe the physician in the operating room. The volunteer experience as a whole has allowed me to be a part of patient care from pre-operative procedures through recovery.

Clubs: The Student Nutrition Council (SNC) engages in a variety of activities such as its partnership with The House of Refuge, where members such as myself go and teach underprivileged children to make healthy food choices. It is our hope that through this gain of knowledge, the occurrence of obesity and its comorbidities in adolescents will be reduced. 

Best thing about ASU

The Health Professions Advising Office offers a variety of tools including friendly and knowledgeable advisers, pamphlets, study booklets and mock interviews to help guide students through the process of applying to professional schools. Pre-health internships are also available through the department, giving students clinical experience and insight into the field of medicine. The knowledge and support that I have gained from the Health Professions Advising Office has not only been priceless, but has helped me to navigate my way through Arizona State University. 

Advice for students considering the pre-health program

Don't worry if you do not know what you want to major in when you arrive. The goal of going to any college is to find something that you love doing and to then take the appropriate steps to turn that passion into a career.