Amy Bouhabib is a biological sciences major. She learned about the physician assistant profession at the ASU Summer Health Institute during her junior year of high school.
During her time at Arizona State University, Bouhabib volunteered as an EMT to gain patient care hours, worked as a scribe for more experience in a clinical setting, and was a leader in student organizations like the Physician Assistant Club.
Her advice to current pre-health students is: "First evaluate why you are choosing the profession you are striving for because the path to becoming a PA is not easy. Having a solid reason gave me the motivation to continue succeeding in challenging classes and work."
Bouhabib applied to nine physical assistant programs and was accepted to the University of Colorado during her junior year. She will start in July 2019.
Nancy Dominguez, a nutrition (dietetics) major, was inspired to pursue a career in pharmacy after working as a pharmacy technician.
Dominguez completed three associate degrees before beginning at Arizona State University as a nutrition dietetics major. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college.
When asked what her advice to current students would be, she said: "Never underestimate what you can do. Everything is a learning experience, whether it is learning who you are and what you can handle, or learning how to think critically in class."
Dominguez started at the College of Pharmacy program at Midwestern University in June 2018.
Anjali Agrawal is a health sciences (pre-professional) major. She hopes to become a compassionate and competent physician who provides care to the underserved as well as pediatric patients.
While at Arizona State University, she was president of the AMSA/Pre-Health Club and worked as a medical scribe for a local hand surgeon.
Agrawal's advice to current pre-health students: "Be patient and trust yourself throughout the process. Get involved with undergraduate clubs; they exposed me to many different fields within medicine and helped guide my decision to apply to osteopathic medical schools."
Agrawal received offers from all five medical schools she interviewed for and decided on Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Haley Santiago was a kinesiology major. She was introduced to the field of occupational therapy in a high school class and knew it was a career she wanted to pursue. She gained experience in the field early on as an OT technician in a hand clinic. Santiago was also involved with an organization specializing in special needs and disabilities.
When asked her advice to current students, she said: "I am so excited that my dream is now a reality due to all my hard work and experiences. With enough dedication, you can achieve anything!"
Santiago was accepted to all of the schools she applied. She started the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Northern Arizona University in 2018.
Jacquelyn Faris, a kineosiology major, discovered her interest in physical therapy after completing an internship. She loves the patient interactions that being a physical therapist provides and the opportunity to get to know her patients.
When asked what her advice to other students would be, Faris said: "Work hard and make yourself stand out in interviews."
She was accepted into her first choice graduate school, Northern Arizona University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the Flagstaff campus. She started in fall of 2018.