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Stephen López

Stephen Lopez

Stephen graduated in 2017 with his degree in Health Sciences (Pre-Professional) with a minor in Spanish and a minor in Nutrition and Healthy Living.

While at ASU, Stephen was not only an officer within the AMSA Pre-Health Club, but he regularly volunteered at Banner University Medical Center’s ED and provided scribing and translational services at St. Vincent de Paul’s free health clinic. Stephen also spent 4 years as science instructional aide teaching both general and organic chemistry labs. Despite all the great experiences afforded to him, he attributes most of his success to the very supporting professors and pre-health advisors that always took the time to assist him in whatever he needed.

His advice to pre-health students? “I would tell incoming students to remain steadfast in pursuit of their goals and never stop improving upon yourself and your experiences. This is truly a difficult journey, but it’s all worth it in the end. Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you, but also don’t forget take care of yourself first.”

He is extremely excited to begin medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson as part of the class of 2023. He also accepted an Air Force Health Professions Scholarship and commissioned as a 2nd LT in May 2019. He is eager to give back to his home town community and to his country.

Christy Thomas

Christy Thomas

Last year, Christy Thomas received her bachelor’s degree in medical studies and this year is preparing to graduate with a Master of Science in the science of health care delivery. Christy was drawn to a career in medicine through serving children and the underserved.

Throughout her time at ASU, Christy was heavily involved in Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) as a volunteer and later student director, presenting SHOW’s progress at various conferences around the country. Christy was also a camp counselor for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp, a clinical volunteer at Ryan House, and a research volunteer for Athletes for Life. Christy also found time to serve as a Sunday school teacher and a vacation Bible school coordinator at her church. Her involvement in student clubs and community service demonstrated her commitment to vulnerable populations.

Christy’s advice to current pre-health students is to get involved in smaller organizations so you can create opportunities for yourself and find what you love. Once you find what you love, chase after it, because your joy in it will clearly be reflected in your application and interviews! Christy is excited to attend Liberty University’s College of Medicine starting in the fall of 2019.

Henry Chinyere

Henry Chinyere, Kineosiology major

Henry Chinyere is a Kinesiology major who was drawn to ASU for the immense amount of opportunities that came with studying at one of the largest universities in the country. His interest in science and commitment to serving underserved communities ultimately drove him into the field of medicine.

While at Arizona State University, Henry completed an internship at Sonoran Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons and is now working there as a medical scribe. He volunteered locally and abroad with various student organizations including AZ-Global Health Project, and was also apart of the Exercise for Adults with Down Syndrome research program. 

Henry’s advice for current pre-med students? “Identify what you are passionate about early on in college and let that dictate the clubs you become apart of and the extracurricular activities you seek out. Doing this will keep you motivated on your pre-med journey and will serve as a reminder of why you hope to one day become a physician.” 

Henry has been accepted to 2 medical schools and will start this upcoming Fall.

Ana

ASU spirit

Ana is a nutrition major with a concentration in human nutrition. She chose ASU to be part of an institution that offered numerous scholarship opportunities, had a strong science faculty and a diverse student body.

While at ASU, Ana volunteered weekly at a plastic surgeon's office in downtown Phoenix. She worked as a tutor for anatomy and physiology students specializing in a creative approach to learning, using visual models, games and the formulation of mnemonics. She also participated in the Student Nutrition Council (SNC), which enages in a variety of activities such as a partnership with The House of Refuge, which allows students like Ana to teach underprivileged children to make healthy food choices.

When asked what her advice to other students would be, Ana said: "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."

Lauren

ASU Prehealth Students

Lauren, a biological sciences major with a concentration in biology and society, says the best part about ASU is all of the people who are willing to help you. She has had amazing professors who are willing to go out of their way to answer questions, talk to her and even write recommendations. Her pre-health advisor is always happy to answer her questions and has given great advice throughout the medical school application process.

While at ASU, Lauren has worked as a medical assistant at a sports medicine clinic in Tempe, Arizona. She began as an intern and was hired after her internship was finished. This job has been a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with patients. She has 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 investigating optimum post-operative oxygen and carbon dioxide levels for infants born with single ventricle heart deformities.

In addition, she volunteered weekly at Cardon Children's Medical Center at Banner Desert Hopsital in the infact branch of pediatric oncology. She spent time with children whose parents and relatives could not be with them in the hospital. She was also active in numerous clubs and organizations: Camp Kasem, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Just a Test, and President Barak Obama Mentoring Program.

Her advice to current pre-health students? "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."

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