Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
High Schoool: Arcadia High School
ASU Major: Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, concentration in biology and society
I was initially interested in ASU because of the scholarship opportunities and because it is close to home. After looking more closely, I was excited about the Barrett, The Honors College and the prospect of having a small college atmosphere within ASU. Barrett, The Honors College seemed like it would be a great fit because of the flexibility of the programs, the endless opportunities and the support of the faculty.
What activities are you involved in?
Work: For the past year and a half I have worked as a medical assistant at a sports medicine clinic in Tempe, Ariz. I assist physicians, draw blood, take vital signs, set up treatment rooms and order medical supplies. I began as an intern and was hired after I finished my internship. This job has been a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with patients. I have also been involved in a research project studying congenital heart defects at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for the past year an a half. We are investigating optimum post-operative oxygen and carbon dioxide levels for infants born with single ventricle heart deformities.
Volunteer: Every week I volunteer at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Hospital. I spend time with children whose parents and relatives cannot be with them at the hospital. I work in pediatric oncology and in the infant branch.
1. Camp Kesem: Camp Kesem is a week long summer camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer. It is free of charge and gives children the opportunity to have fun with other children dealing with similar experiences. This summer I was a cabin counselor for girls ages 10 and 11. It was an incredible week!
2. Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED): I am beginning my fourth year as a member of AED, the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society. AED provides opportunities to serve in the community and to meet other pre-health students. I enjoy hearing physicians, medical school students and medical school admissions committee members speak at meetings.
3. Just A Test, vice president: This club provides free science review lectures each week for students who are preparing for the MCAT. I am one of the lecturers. We are always looking for more people to attend.
4. President Barak Obama Mentoring Program: This year I will be a peer mentor for an incoming freshmen enrolled in the President Barak Obama Scholars program. I will help the student set goals, become involved in campus activities and connect with university resources.
Best thing about ASU
The best part about ASU is all of the people who are willing to help you. I have been fortunate to have amazing professors who are willing to go out of their way to answer questions, talk to me and even write recommendations. My pre-health advisor is always happy to answer my hundreds of questions and has given me great advice throughout the medical school application process. ASU students are also invaluable sources of information and often have excellent advice. It seems like the people at ASU genuinely want to help you, want you to succeed and are willing to do things beyond what is required.
Advice for students considering the pre-health program
I would tell incoming students to explore all of the opportunities ASU has to offer. There are countless clubs, organizations and internship programs that appeal to a wide variety of interests. Through involvement in campus organizations, I have met a lot of incredible people who have changed my college experience. I would encourage new students to apply for anything they might be interested in, and to even consider starting new organizations. Being a part of ASU organizations is a great way to make a difference at school and in the community.
I took the Princeton Review Course for the MCAT. I studied all winter break.