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Lauren

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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Aaron

Aaron is a nutrition major with a concentration in human nutrition. Though he originally chose ASU because it was close to home, he had great experiences with the students, professions, and advisors.

He volunteers weekly at Phoenix Children's Hospital spending time with patients and their families in one of the playrooms. He also is an ASU Health Devil, a group of upperclassman who represent the Health Professions Advising Office through peer mentoring. Aaron is starting a pre-medical internship with Maricopa Integrated Health Systems through a class offered at ASU, BIO 390. The internship offers clinical experience throughout the semester along with preparation for applying to the professional school of your choice.

Aaron's advice for pre-health students: "Open up and get to know people. One of the most useful and enjoyable parts of college is meeting and working with others who have similar interests. Professors, in general, are surprisingly receptive to students who work hard and show interest in the subject. Relax. Putting in the effort and time needed to earn the grades you want is a given, but falling short of this goal for one introductory biology class is not the end of the world. Especially early in your college career, there is time to improve and there are resources available if you need help. Get a tutor or talk to an adviser. If you are not performing to the level you want then something needs to change."

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Cameron

Cameron is a double major in molecular biosciences/biotechnology and psychology. After visiting and taking a campus tour, he knew that ASU was a school that would let him shape his college experience to be exactly what I wanted it to be.

While an undergraduate, Cameron at a research position at the Biodesign Institute working in an oncology lab. Through the SOLUR program, he was paid for an experience that was practically applicable to his life and beneficial when applying to medical schools.

He also volunteered at Good News Community Health Center in Portland, Oregan, and for St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix mentoring middle school students. He participated in ASU's health preprofessional honor society Alpha Epsilon Delate, an Honors Devil through Barrett, The Honors College, Camp Kasem, Health Devils, and Obama Scholars Mentor Program.

His advice to current pre-health students? "Never be afraid to explore your interests. A lot of students are actually shocked to learn they don't have to be biology majors to go on to a professional school in the health sciences. I spent time dabbling in six different majors before I found degrees that I loved. Looking back, I wish I would have taken classes in a variety of disciplines in my first year at ASU so that I might have discovered these interests sooner."

ASU Prehealth Students

Katelyn

Katelyn is a biochemistry major who came to ASU pursuing both biochemistry and theatre. She has worked as a math and science tutor for middle and high school students, a student researcher in applied nanobioscience department at ASU's Biodesign Institute. She volunteers at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the oncology wing.

In her free time, Katelyn participates in the Barack Obama Scholars Program as a mentor and is a Health Devil through the pre-health program. She is very passionate about theater and film and continues to act both regionally and at ASU when possible.

When asked what her advice to current students would be, she said: "In order to take advantage of the endless opportunities ASU offers you have to get involved. I wish that I would have gotten to know my teachers sooner and been more forward when it came to participating in different activities. I would advise anyone to get to know your teachers right away. Do not be afraid to visit during office hours and ask questions. I would also encourage anyone to join different clubs, volunteer groups, etc. Getting involved early is one of the best things you can do during your time at ASU."

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Mma

Mma, an exercise and wellness major, was impressed by how applicable the courses in her major are to the workplace and everyday life. Barrett, The Honors College also attracted her because she wanted the best of both worlds: a highly intellectual honors experience and a school filled with endless scholastic and extracurricular opportunities.

While at ASU, Mma volunteered as a Health Devil, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), a Relay for Life team captain and a member of the Barrett Club at the Polytechnic campus.

Her advice to current pre-health students? "Get involved. Join clubs that interest you and  join an e-mail list-serve to learn about things such as guest speakers, test preparation, volunteer and internship opportunities. Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask for help. There are many friendly faces willing to give you a hand."

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