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Student Spotlight - Heather

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

High School: Shadow Mountain High School

ASU Major: Bachelor of Science in psychology

Why ASU

When it came time to start applying to college, I was torn between the comforts of my home town and my desire for change and adventure. However, after a long debate, I chose ASU because of what it had to offer in terms of its Honors College, scholarship opportunities and psychology department. ASU has a very established psychology department with countless research opportunities. The honors college presented a personal college experience with small class sizes and additional resources.

What activities are you involved in

Employment: I work at a neurologist's private practice in Scottsdale. I administer cognitive testing, shadow physician's appointments, take vitals, draw blood, and act as the liaison between the doctor and out-of-office patients. I started as an intern and then became a paid employee. It has been a wonderful learning experience, while also providing me with several research opportunities.

Volunteer: I volunteer about 10 hours per month in the Surgical Waiting Room at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. I am able to see all the work that goes into general and neurological surgeries, from pre-operative through recovery.

Clubs
1. Alpha Epsilong Delta (AED), the Pre-health Honors Society, recruitment chair. AED has provided me with an ample amount of resources for pre-med classes, internships, jobs and given me helpful tips. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to meet students that are going through the same classes and challenges as I am.

2. Camp Kesem: Camp Kesem is a free camp for children that have/had a parent with cancer. We fundraise all year long, then put on a one-week camp in Northern Ariz. In summer 2009, I was a counselor at Camp Kesem. It was truly a life-changing experience.

3. Health Devils: Student representatives of the pre-health population at ASU that assist with recruitment and peer-advising.

4. Barrett Mentor: Provides freshmen students of Barrett, The Honors College an opportunity to connect with older honors students to ask question, acquire tips and discover on-campus opportunities.

Best thing about ASU?

ASU provides an unbelievable amount of resources and opportunities. I feel I can literally study anything, learn anywhere or join any club through ASU. The internship opportunities are endless, along with community service projects. Being involved in clubs designated for pre-health students has made my entire pre-med experience far from terrifying. The advising from peers and ASU staff has been far beyond what I had ever imagined and certainly makes the ASU experience personal. The best thing about ASU is having these opportunities in combination with the personal resources and connections. Getting involved is the key to experiencing both.

Advice for students considering the pre-health program?

Use what ASU has to offer. The resources are endless. Period. On-campus involvement is the key to a personal college experience. Becoming involved on campus has completely changed my college experience for the better. I have met new people and been exposed to new opportunities.