One of my favorite things about DePaul is the relationships that are possible with professors and staff. Because of the small size of the science/pre-health programs
, and DePaul's commitment to an individualized education, there's a bounty of invaluable resources to help you navigate your time in college and figure out what to do after college.
My main point is that it's NEVER too early to start getting prepared for these things. Professors are an excellent resource to help with class and getting involved outside of class. However, sometimes you need to talk to someone that can provide you assistance that a professor can't necessarily provide. These people are pros (literally) at what they do. They know how to help students get involved, how to mentor students to be more professional and job-ready, and how to help students in their preparation for life after DePaul.
Here they are, three resources that you MUST know about. I recommend that you meet these women first thing at DePaul, how about the first month you're here?!
Lindsey is The Pre-Health Advisor at DePaul (I put a capital T in THE because she's a very important resource). Lindsey is an incredible resource for anyone looking to go in to a health related field after college. She'll help you make sure you are on track for success in the future. I appreciate Lindsey because she is very approachable. There have been many times in my admissions process for medical school that I needed to ask a question, maybe a silly question, and Lindsey has always been there to help. A few times I have made appointments with Lindsey just to chat and make sure that I'm on the right track. And the best part is that Lindsey has always been perfectly fine with this. She's very informed of application processes and realistic with you about your progress and position. She'll give you advice so that you're better informed and prepared for whatever will come after your time at DePaul.
Hilarie is the Career Specialist for the College of Science and Health (CSH). When I was receiving feedback for a committee letter recommendation, the major message from my advisor was to meet with Hilarie as much as possible. My advisor spoke of Hilarie as a type of professionalism skills goddess. My advisor said that Hilarie would be able to get me in the place I need to be with interview, professionalism, and confidence skills. I've met with Hilarie multiple times and she's exceeded all the expectations I had from her based on my advisor's recommendation. Hilarie was clear with specific actions I needed to take to improve, and she was encouraging yet realistic of how I can overcome some of my interview struggles. Every meeting I have with Hilarie I walk out with a sense of excitement for the practical suggestions that Hilarie gave me on how to improve.
Michelle just started a new position as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Resource. I met Michelle because I started as a biology major at DePaul and Michelle was the biology academic advisor at the time. Even when I switched my major to health sciences and then chemistry, I still went to see Michelle once (I probably technically wasn't supposed to do this) for her wisdom. Michelle is really easy to talk to, yet you won't leaving a meeting not knowing the next steps. I especially appreciate the way that Michelle makes you feel encouraged, supported, and motivated. You can tell that Michelle really does care about the success of her students.