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Graduating!

Last Sunday, I sat in Allstate Arena at the College of Science and Health’s commencement ceremony. I know everyone often says this, but I cannot believe that I am finished with undergrad! It seriously went by so fast, and were truly some of the best and transformative years of my life.

I have made many wonderful friends, some of whom will be FFL (friends for life). I struggled through my sophomore year, switched my major, and found something I am really passionate about. I became more confident in and steadfast to myself, and developed strong morals and convictions. 

Sarah
I grew a heart for people and for the world, and am determined to make a difference in my future career. I found a church I love (Park Community Church-- go check it out!!) and met inspiring people that have influenced my faith journey and walk with God. 

I fell in love with Chicago, which really isn’t a hard thing to do, even despite its winters. I studied a lot, and continued to develop my love of learning and knowledge. If I were to pick one word to describe these last four years, it would be growth. 

Thank you, DePaul, for the past four years. I have immensely enjoyed my time here in Chicago and am appreciative for the ways the city has been transformative. Thank you as well to those who have tuned in weekly to read about my life. It has been such a pleasure to update you all about my life here at DePaul and in Chicago. For the last time, thanks for reading! 

Honors Research Conference

As I have talked about many times before, I wrote a senior thesis about maternal mortality in Afghanistan for my final project for the Honors Program. It was really rewarding to write, and I came out with a final paper that I am really proud of and a topic that I am passionate about. Every spring, the Honors Program celebrates these projects and other students’ research papers by holding the Honors Research Conference. I was able to present by paper at this conference, and it was a really cool experience.

Honors Research Conference
Overall, there were over 80 students presenting a poster, and about half of those students (me included!) were also giving a 10-minute long talk about their project. We had to design an academic poster and then create a cohesive summarizing speech about our project. Shortening my talk to 10 minutes was actually pretty hard – I had a lot I wanted to talk about! I was nervous going into the presentation, but it went really, really well. I feel like I articulated me point well and was able to give a brief overview of everything I talked about in my paper. It was also interesting to hear and learn about other students’ projects. The projects were so diverse, from healthcare to analyses of art and literature to creative writing pieces to economics.

This conference was a great experience, and one that I am sure I will have to do again in grad school. I really enjoy school, and am excited to continue learning and exploring and sharing my knowledge with others. Plus, I got to wear my Leslie Knope suit, and I’ll take any excuse possible to do that!

Why I Chose DePaul

The official College Decision Day was a few weeks ago, so congratulations to all of you who have committed to DePaul University! Go Class of 2021!

Orientation
At DePaul's orientation

When I think back to the season where I had to decide on a college, I remember it being really exciting. I couldn’t wait to choose the school I would attend for the next four years! By the time I had to make my final decision, I had narrowed my list down to two schools: Ohio State University and DePaul University. Ohio State was cheaper, closer to my family, and home to the infamous Buckeyes. However, DePaul was in Chicago, had the exact program that I (at the time) wanted, and had a special quality about it. I felt really pursued and desired by DePaul, something I never got from a giant state school, and knew that the four years I would experience at DePaul would be valued by its faculty and staff. I obviously chose DePaul, and I am so glad that I did.

DePaul has been the place that has enabled me to grow, both in my academics and in my convictions. It has been the place that has helped me find my passion and provided me with professors who have been strong influences and knowledgeable resources. It has given me lifelong friends and has molded me into an adult. I am extremely thankful for my time at DePaul, especially now that I am about to graduate. For those who are about to attend, you are lucky! Good luck!

Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.: our nation’s capital; the home to monuments, the (free) Smithsonian museum, cherry blossom trees, and George Washington University, where I will be spending my next two years receiving my Master’s degree!

Washington D.C.
I went to Washington, D.C. over spring break, and I had such a fun time. I flew in early on a Friday morning and got to my hotel room with enough time to spare to take a quick nap. I then met with someone who works for the United States Agency for International Development and we talked about global health opportunities in D.C. It was great to meet with him and get advice about the career pathway I want to pursue. By that point, it was late afternoon and I had the rest of the day to myself! I took the Metro over to Capitol Hill​ and saw the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress and walked around the neighborhood for a while. I then went back to my hotel, read a good book, took a bath, and was in bed by 9pm – the perfect evening. 

The next day was Admitted Students Day for GWU, so I spent the day doing that. It was exhausting, but informative. I then took the Metra out to Maryland and spent a day with one of my best friends who recently moved to that area. It was a whirlwind weekend visit, but really fun, and I can’t wait to live there permanently in a few months!

Public Health

Public health is kind of my thing. I’m studying it at DePaul, I’m getting my Masters in it next year… I am super interested by all of it. Particularly, though, I am interested in global health, and what can be implemented around the world to alleviate health disparities and gaps that cause highly preventable diseases and circumstances to prevail. For example, no one should have to live without clean water, or without access to a doctor, or in fear of contracting cholera or tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. Science and medical technology are advanced enough that many of these worldwide problems could be eliminated, but unfortunately, resources and funds are not allocated and international politics gets in the way. 

Goals
Fortunately, there are a lot of organizations and international agencies working to eliminate a lot of these disparities, and one organization that is working hard is the United Nations. From 2000-2015, the United Nations implemented the Millennium Development Goals, which were eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. Some goals were to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health. While the Millennium Development Goals produced significant results, they were not successful in addressing and ending poverty and its root causes. The United Nations​ then implemented the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development program, which lays out seventeen goals that “address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.”

I personally geek out over programs like this because they are making such a difference to the health and lives of people all over the world. I am excited to see what the year 2030 holds for the people of this world – and you should be, too!


My Last Quarter

​Well, it has arrived. My last quarter of undergrad. That went by so fast! I feel like it was just yesterday that I moved into Munroe Hall my freshman year and started by first classes as a college student. Now that I have been here for almost four years, I have learned a lot on how to live in Chicago and perform well as a student. Here are some tips!
Lion King
Schedule your classes wisely: There are going to be required classes you don’t want to take, but don’t put them off until the end! I did that, and it was one of the worst things I could have done to myself. I am in three classes right now that I hate, and that is not a fun way to close out my undergrad career! Get the classes you dread out of the way so that you can take fun electives your senior year. You will not regret it, I promise.
Take advantage of your professors’ office hours: Your professors are there because they want to help and teach you. If you don’t understand something or need clarity on a topic, go in and ask! They purposefully block off scheduled time just for their students, so take advantage of it. Not only is it helpful to talk with your professors one-on-one sometimes, but they have the opportunity to get to know you better and see that you are putting effort into their classes. That can really pay off in the end, especially if you are on the cusp of a higher letter grade. Plus, a lot of the professors are super cool, so talking with them is really enjoyable.
Take advantage of Chicago. Guys, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. There is so much to do!!! Museums, restaurants, parks, sports, shopping, culture, shows...the list is endless. Take time to go exploring! Some of my favorite things? Rush tickets for Broadway shows, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Harold Washington Library, and all of the ice cream places in the city.
Most of all, enjoy your time living in one of the greatest cities in the world!

Honors Thesis

As many of you probably already know, last quarter I completed my Honors Thesis Project. I have written about my thesis in some of my previous blog posts, and I am happy to announce that I officially finished it and turned it in this past week! It ended up being 35 pages long, and I am super proud of it.

Honors Thesis
It was actually really enjoyable to write, and if you are in the honors program, I encourage you to take on the thesis project for your senior capstone. You get to choose what you research and write about, ensuring that you are actually interested and invested in the thesis. You have 10 whole weeks to write it - you have to be disciplined during those 10 weeks and manage your time well, but it definitely is enough time to tackle a project of this magnitude. You also get to choose the professors who you work with, so you can choose professors who you have experience with or who you know you work well with. There is a lot of freedom in this project, which is great, and the honors program really just wants to support you so that you can create some of your best work. 

If you are planning on continuing your education after DePaul, have a research study or project you have always wanted to do, have a topic that has always interested you that you want to explore in-depth, are a really talented creative writer, or just enjoy writing and creating in general, than this project is for you. Do not let the page limit or time length of this project intimidate you. You will end up creating a project you can be really proud of and present. If you have any questions about my experience with this project, feel free to ask them in the comments section!

Taking the GRE

For those of you planning on furthering your education after you receive your undergraduate degree, you know how extensive the applications are. They require many components: resume, transcript, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and some sort of test (and money – those application fees are no joke). Medical schools require the MCAT, law schools require the LSAT, and business schools require the GMAT. There are more specialized tests that I am sure I missing. However, the test that covers admission to most graduate schools is the GRE.

I recently took the GRE over winter break, and I’m here to give you all the inside scoop on it!

GRE Practice Book
I studied using the Kaplan GRE study book, pictured on the side. I like Kaplan – they give you lots of tips and have an online program with accessibility to tons of practice tests. Spend a lot of time reading over the tips on the essay section of the GRE. I would say that was the part of the book that helped me the most. Practice the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections as much as you can because you want to become as familiar with the test as much as possible before you officially take it. Also, look over some of the math terms/equations that you may be fuzzy on. Some of the math that was tested on the GRE I hadn’t done since sixth grade and I wish I had looked over those terms more. 

The best thing about the GRE is that is an individually-timed test. If you remember back to the SAT or ACT, you took it in a big room with lots of other students, and you all started and ended the test at the same time. Because the GRE is computer-based, timing is up to you. If you finish early on a section, you can just continue on to the next one. You don’t have to wait for everyone. I was told to allot 5 ½ hours of my day to the GRE, but finished the test in 3 ½ hours because it did not take me the whole time.

Overall, the GRE was not that bad. Was it the best 3 ½ hours and $220 I have ever spent in my life? Heck no. But, it got me into graduate school and for that reason I am mighty thankful for it. Don’t stress about the test, come prepared, and I can assure you that you will do great.

Writing a Personal Statement

For those of you who have ever applied to graduate school or have looked into what applying entails, it is a lot of work! Most schools require your transcript, two to three letters of recommendation, your resume, GRE scores​, and the dreaded personal statement. The personal statement is a short narrative that describes your education, experience, and professional career objectives. You basically have to sell yourself to the university you are applying to. It is a lot of pressure to put on a 1,800 word essay! 

Here are some tips to writing your personal statement:

● Go to a workshop class. DePaul offers workshops specifically to help you write your personal statement. Use this free resource!

● Think about a moment or experience that is really important to you or has shaped who you are as a person. I wrote how my worldview was expanded by my love of reading. I had a friend who wrote about how her trip to the Philippines opened her eyes to the reality of human trafficking. Then, connect that experience to the reasons you want to go into the field you are applying to. 

Ohio State
My personal statement must have payed off - I've already been accepted to Ohio State!
● Give yourself time. Do not do what I did and give yourself a week to write your personal statement (I mixed up the deadlines for the programs I was applying to. Whoops!). You do not want to feel hurried or pressured to write this essay. Give yourself as much time as possible to make it the best quality.

● Use friends or professors as resources. I had a couple of my good friends who I knew were well-educated and eloquent edit my personal statement and it was one of the most helpful things I did. Getting another perspective on what I was writing and having someone fix a mistake I had glossed over really improved my personal statement. 

I hope these help! Good luck! I promise, writing your personal statement is not as intimidating as it looks. 

Writing a Thesis

As some of you may know, I am currently in the process of writing a thesis paper as my capstone project for the Honors Program. It is a lengthy process (my thesis will be around 30-40 pages), but a rewarding one. Thankfully, the Honors Program does not throw you into this project unprepared. The Honors Program offers a 2-credit class (HON 300) during Fall Quarter, taught by Nancy Grossman, the Associate Director of the Honors Program, to give guidance on the final project.

I am so thankful I took this class, and if you are remotely considering writing a thesis, you should take it too! It is a small class (my class had 12 people) and if you are planning on writing a thesis, everything that is due during the quarter would be due anyway. In order to enroll in the capstone thesis project, you have to submit a thesis proposal, which includes an abstract, annotated bibliography, and proposal statement for the project. Throughout the quarter in HON 300, those components are due, so you have the opportunity to work ahead and get feedback on the proposal that you will eventually submit to be approved to write the thesis. Regardless if you take the class, the thesis proposal is due, so it really is to your advantage to enroll in HON 300 (you get credit!).

Studying
Another reason to take the class is that you also get feedback on your topic and thesis statement from your peers. It was really helpful to get constructive criticism on my topic, as I was able to refine it and think about my topic in ways I never would have originally due to the perspectives from my classmates. It was also fun to critique other students’ topics, too!

While writing a thesis paper for the Honors capstone is ambitious and intimidating, it is also a satisfying experience. I know I will be better prepared for graduate school after writing this thesis, and it is definitely something for me to show off and be proud of. Come be ambitious with me!

Finishing up the Quarter

How is it the end of the quarter already? These past 10 weeks went by so fast!

I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to winter break. This has been a crazy quarter and I am ready for a rest! This has been my busiest quarter thus far academically and I am really looking forward to having some time to watch Netflix, read for fun, and catch up on some sleep. 

Zoo Lights
Zoo lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
I will be keeping busy over break, but not in the busy/stressful school way. I will be in Chicago over break working, which I am really excited for. I have a full-time nannying job for a 3-month old little nugget - it will be such a treat. I love babies and honestly she will take 3 naps a day so it will be a fairly easy job.

If you have never spent Christmas time in Chicago, I highly recommend you do so! There is so much to do and city feels so much more peaceful and magical. I personally am looking forward to seeing the Lincoln Park Zoo ​Lights and going to the Christkindlmarket downtown at Daley Plaza. 

This next week will be consumed with finals, but then we will be rewarded with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie. Oh, I am so excited for Thanksgiving dinner! And then, only a month until Christmas! I hope this has been a great quarter for you all. Have an incredible and relaxing break and holiday season! I look forward to catching you all up on my life in the winter. 


DePaul in the Fall

We have arrived at one of my favorite times in Chicago. I absolutely love Chicago in the fall, especially in Lincoln Park. The changing leaves are beautiful, the weather is perfect, and everyone is cozy in sweaters and scarves. 

The changing season also means that so much is happening at DePaul right now! We have finished midterms and are experiencing the calm before the storm that is finals week. I personally have two huge final research papers, an exam, two formal poster presentations, and a thesis proposal due by November 18. *Gulp.* Everyone say a prayer for your friendly neighborhood DePaul student - most students' schedules are like this. 

Fall at DePaul
It is also prime visit time at DePaul​! I have been noticing a lot of tours happening around campus and it is cool seeing all of the students who could potentially become Blue Demons next year. Go class of 2021 (wow, so weird)! The tour guides do a great job of showing you around campus and highlighting the unique and awesome parts of the school. This is really the ideal time to visit - it is not snowing or miserably cold yet - so come and see why DePaul is the perfect school for you!  


Pathways Program Mentors

I have started a dangerous journey: I have begun watching Grey’s Anatomy​

Do you think I could be a new addition to Grey's Anatomy?
I had sworn to myself that I would never watch it because it was such a big time commitment and I didn’t (and still don’t) have the time to get sucked into 12 seasons of a show that I knew I would like. I even know a lot of what happens because I didn’t care if my friends spoiled it for me. You guys, I seriously was never going to watch it. Until I watched a couple of episodes with my best friend and got completely hooked. I am now halfway through season three and it is taking over my life. 

I am invested in the characters, plot, and drama, but it also reminds me of the times I spent shadowing my aunt in the hospital when I was still a Pre-Med major. My aunt is a fertility specialist and I really enjoyed the time I spent with her. Her job is so interesting and I learned a lot from my time with her. I got to shadow doctors in the OR, attend patient consultations, and really get a clear picture of what it is like being a doctor. 

As part of the Pathways Program at DePaul, you also have the opportunity to shadow physicians in the field that you’re interested in. A really cool aspect of the Pathways Program is that you are assigned a mentor from Rosalind Franklin. Your mentor will be able to answer any questions you have, support you through the process of applying to Rosalind Franklin, and help connect you to opportunities, like internships or shadowing experiences. It is one of the most beneficial aspects of being a member of the Pathways Program, I think, because it helps you make connections and gives you someone who really knows what it is like to practice the profession that you are interested in. 

Interdisciplinary Arts: The Honors Program

As a member of the Honors Program​, I have had the opportunity to take many classes that have both interested and challenged me greatly. One of the nice things about the required classes for the Honors Programs is that they are so diverse. I get to take classes on subjects I would never learn about otherwise, which I think is one of the great things about college. I am a Health Sciences major which means I take a lot of sciences classes with labs and other health-oriented classes, but I also get to take classes through the Honors Program about, for instance, the rhetoric of fairy tales, film and literature representation of World War I, and the perception of Muslim-Americans in the United States following 9/11. These program offerings are not only interesting, but make well-rounded, educated students (something that I hope to be!). 

One of the best Honors classes I have taken thus far at DePaul fulfilled the Interdisciplinary Arts requirement (HON 205). The topic of this class was Constantinople: City of Two Empires. I knew nothing about Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) before beginning the class, so I did not really know what to expect. As is the usual of any Honors class, the course consisted of a lot of critical, intense reading. In all honesty, this class required the most reading out of any Honors class I have taken yet and at the beginning of the course that was definitely something I did not expect. As the quarter progressed, I became more and more fascinated by Constantinople ​and its rich history, beautiful art and buildings. As a result, the reading became less of a chore and more of an interest. That tends to happen to really good classes, and this one was no exception. 

The Hagia Sophia, church-turned-mosque-turned-museum, is one of the most famous buildings in the world and resides in Istanbul. It was one of the buildings we extensively studied in HON 205.
It helped, too, that our professor, Dr. Elena Boeck, was so passionate and knowledgeable about Constantinople. She expected a lot out of us, which is normal in an Honors class, and was super helpful during her office hours and genuinely cared about our progress. HON 205 was one of the hardest classes I have taken, but one of the best. It was a unique class because the history of Constantinople is something I highly doubt I will study in another class, but I am grateful to the Honors Program that I get to take classes like this. Plus, if I ever get the opportunity to visit Istanbul, Turkey, I will be able to show off my vast knowledge of the city (bonus!). ​

Midterms

Midterms are kind of weird at DePaul. Finals week is a definitive, set week that is the last week of the quarter. Midterms, though, are not really scheduled for a specific time. I have had midterms during week 4, week 7, and one of my friends even has had one during week 9! I do not necessarily mind that, though, as it spreads out when I have exams or papers due. However, this quarter, my midterms were not screwing around. I had all of mine this past week: two tests, three papers, and a presentation. I tip my hat to you, Midterms.

It definitely was a rough week, but I was determined to make it manageable. My body is basically incapable of pulling an all-nighter, so I knew I had to be ahead of the game. I worked ahead, studied what I needed to, and did not save anything for the last minute. While I certainly could use a nap, I think it was pretty successful this week.

I think this attitude I adopted for midterms is something I should be doing all year. I have certainly saved many things until the last minute, and all that causes is stress and anxiety. I remember cramming for a biology test last year until 3:00 in the morning. I ended up having to drink something with caffeine, which I usually don’t drink- I don’t like coffee or pop. I felt awful afterwards, but I still had to keep pushing through. Needless to say, I did not do as well on that exam as some of my others. However, the exams that I studied for in advance and really prepared for were some of my highest exam scores. Really, this is all common sense, but I think for some reason it is somehow lost in the busyness and stress of school.

School does not have to be the big dread that we sometimes make it. In reality, we are super blessed to have the chance to get a higher education. Only 7% of the world’s population has a college degree. That really shows how lucky we are and how we should not waste our education. So, yes, organic chemistry might be the worst thing to ever exist, but at least I had the opportunity to take it and learn something. School will fly by and then we will be real adults (gosh, so scary), so I am determined to make the most of the education I am fortunate enough to get.

The Intricacies of Scheduling

This week is week five of the quarter, and I cannot believe that we are halfway done. I still feel like I am acclimating to my new schedule and teachers, and forming my routine, but we are already almost done with midterms! This weekend, I received an email from one of my academic advisors that included information and instructions on scheduling for next quarter. Now, that is really crazy! I’m still getting a handle on this quarter’s schedule, and I somehow have to think and plan out my schedule for fall quarter which is still five months away? Yikes! Thankfully, DePaul makes it really easy.

First, there is this thing called a Degree Progress Report on our Campus Connect pages, which is a gift sent from God. It shows all the classes and credits that you need to fulfill in order to complete your major/minor. You can also choose a “What If?” option, which allows you add a double major, a minor, or completely change your major, to see what classes you would need to take!
This is my Degree Progress Report. The classes I need to take are highlighted red, the ones I am currently taking in yellow, and the ones I have completed in blue. 

The Degree Progress Report will show how the change would affect what classes you had to take or what electives would need to be fulfilled. I always consult it before I schedule my classes or I make an appointment with my advisor, just to familiarize myself with what I still need to take and how I should accordingly plan. 

To schedule, you add classes into your course cart on Campus Connect. I actually think it is really fun. On the site, you get to search for all the classes available for that quarter and see what professors are teaching. So, I can search for any 200 level Spanish classes to fulfill my Spanish minor, or a specific health class I need to take, or just for a certain professor who I have really liked to see if he or she is teaching any classes in the next quarter. I usually try and come up with two or three prospective schedules to see what I like best and to have as back up just in case a class is full when I try and register for it. 

Every student gets a day and time slot for when they are allowed to register, and it is only then when you can officially register. Upperclassmen, athletes, honors students, and special students (like Pathways kids!) get priority scheduling, while freshmen usually have the last time slots. It’s like a big game. Scheduling can be frustrating and stressful, but it so relieving and kind of exciting when you have registered and get to officially know how the next quarter is going to be. The DePaul advisors are always very helpful and accessible during these few weeks of scheduling, too. There are always questions to be answered, and they truly want us to have the best quarter possible. 

Why I Changed My Major

If you were to ask me when I was a little girl what I wanted to be when I grew up, you would have gotten a stereotypical answer like a teacher, or a singer, or an actress. If you were to ask me between the times of middle school and last week, I would have said a doctor. Now, I would not be able to give you a concrete answer.

I have been set on going to medical school and becoming a doctor for almost ten years now. It is something that I was very passionate about. I think, however, I was naïve about the process that it takes to become a doctor. Beginning this year, I began to realize just exactly how long I would be in school and how hard it would be, and it filled me with a sense of dread. School wasn’t fun anymore, I was stressed, and the thought of my future began to affect my mood and health. 

Go explore and enjoy this marvelous city!
This is not what I wanted my college experience to be like. So many people have told me that the four years of college are the best four years of your life. For me, it was beginning to turn into the worst four years. Therefore, I decided to take control of my life and change my plan. I dropped out of the accelerated path and changed my concentration from pre-med to a more general concentration. I still am a Health Sciences major​ because I still want to do something in the health field, I think. However, I now have room in my schedule to study abroad, take crazy electives, minor in Spanish, and explore and discover what I want my life to be like. 

I already feel so much better! I have so much more freedom and a lot of paths for my future have opened up. I for one am excited to see where I am taken. It is difficult for me to do something like this because I am a person who thrives and lives for a concrete plan. I don't have one anymore, but it is for a very good reason. College is such a fun time, and it is useless to spend so much time, energy, and money on something that you don’t enjoy or aren’t passionate about. Whether you are an art major, a chemistry major, or a business major, enjoy yourself! DePaul and Chicago are the perfect places to discover so much.  

My Visit to RFUMS

This past weekend I visited Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), the school I will most likely attend to study medicine. I am in the Pathways Program at DePaul which partners with RFUMS and gives students special opportunities to observe, shadow, and have experiences throughout the health care field. Within the Pathways Program, I am pursuing the Accelerated Degree 3+ Option. Essentially, I do three years of undergraduate school at DePaul, my fourth year at DePaul and my first year at RFUMS are combined, and then I complete my final three years of medical school. I get to complete my schooling in seven years instead of eight, which saves quite a bit of money and helps me achieve my dream of being a doctor in less time!

RFUMS had an open house this past weekend, which is why I visited. It is a 45-minute drive north in a town called North Chicago, which is near Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. I took the Metra, though, because I don’t have a car with me at school. Thankfully, I went with my friend Katie and we were able to figure out directions and ticket-buying (we were definitely not familiar with the Metra). At the open house, we got to speak with representatives of each program that RFUMS offers, as well as representatives from housing, student involvement, and financial aid. Then, we split off into smaller groups depending upon our interests. I went to talks about Allopathic Medicine (which is the kind of medicine I want to study) and Nutrition, Wellness, and Prevention. Both were interesting, informative, and made me excited to start my medical training. We then got a tour of the school, which was nice to see. It is a lot smaller than DePaul so I’m sure I will be able to get my bearings much quicker!

I am happy I decided to attend the open house. It was a really early, cold morning and Metra was kind of a pain, but I got to see a glimpse at what my future will hold and that put all the stress and school work that I have now into perspective. In a year and a half I will be in medical school! That is crazy to think about, and without the Pathways Program I would not have any of these opportunities. It is these moments that make me so thankful that I chose DePaul. I have included links to RFUMS and the Pathways Program. Enjoy!

This is Rosalind Franklin, the woman who the university is named after. She made amazing discoveries in the structure of DNA, but her work was stolen by James Watson and Francis Crick and was never rewarded the credit for her discoveries.


Midterms at DePaul

​It is that time of year again: midterms. As DePaul is on quarters rather than semesters, the week of midterms seems to creep up rather quickly. Last year, I didn’t really have many midterms. The chemistry and biology departments do not classify a specific test as a midterm, per se. We had 4 tests a quarter that occurred every 2-3 weeks, so if one happened to fall on Midterm Week it was more of a coincidence rather than a planned event. The midterms I did have were in my non-science classes, like my required Gen-Ed or Spanish classes. 

This year, though, my midterm schedule has done a complete 180º flip. I have so many more papers/tests/lab reports due in this one week than at any time last year. It is stressful for sure, but it helps me to fine-tune my time management and prioritizing skills. Being a Health Science major and in the 3+ Pathways Program would be impossible without these skills, so practicing them as much as possible is key. They will carry over to medical school and beyond.

It is also essential to know when your limit has been reached. There comes a point where so much studying and homework has been done that the mind does not function anymore. Humans were not meant to work 18 hours a day without a break or substantial food. Shoving a few granola bars and an apple down your throat throughout the day is not a meal that will fuel your body for ridiculous amounts of study. It is not slacking off to curl up on the couch with a home-cooked meal and an episode of Gilmore Girls or Bones for an hour. It is nourishment and a break from constant stress and work. With good fuel, your body can then head back over to the JTR (John T. Richardson) library for some more of work. At least this work will be done with a satisfied stomach and “Where You Lead” stuck in your head. 

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