College of Education and Human Development, Class of 2016
Where are you now?
Pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus
How did the Pre-Health Student Resource Center support you in your goal of becoming a health professional?
During my undergrad, I utilized the PHSRC in many different ways. Early on, I just stopped by to learn about the ways they help students and was amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone was. When I decided I wanted to go to medical school and began the application process, I signed up to take their class on writing a personal statement. I found this class extremely helpful and would absolutely recommend it to anyone applying to a professional health program. Taking this class also allowed me to get to know a few of the counselors at the PHSRC which proved to be helpful further down the road of the application process when I had more questions.
What piece of advice would you give to someone exploring or preparing for a health profession?
One piece of advice I would give to someone exploring or preparing to apply to a health profession is to take part in experiences you enjoy rather than doing them solely to improve your resume. I found it much easier to reflect upon the experiences that I loved doing, which in turn made my application much stronger.
How did you know this was the right path for you?
I knew medicine was the right path for me because I have always loved working with people from a wide range of backgrounds. On top of this, I discovered early in my undergraduate career that I found anatomy and physiology fascinating. I'm confident that being a physician will allow me to utilize my love of understanding how the body works to improve the health and overall lives of people from all walks of life.
Do you have any favorite pop culture, social media, or academic sources that have helped you learn about your profession?
My favorite pop culture icon related to medicine is ZDoggMD. He is a humorous physician who posts regular live videos on Facebook and Youtube talking about issues in modern medicine. He also does lots of funny music videos covering popular songs but with a medical twist.