In the fall of 2018, I’m set to start my next chapter, a Ph.D. program in anatomy at Penn State’s College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Like all doctoral programs, this will require 4-5 years of arduous work between the lab and the classroom. In what already has been a long, circuitous academic path for me, however, I welcome the challenge that lies ahead. I’m confident that my experiences at CSU, as well my previous education, have prepared me adequately for whatever I might encounter.
A few pieces of wisdom that I’ve picked up over the years, particularly for CSU undergrads:
- Approach your studies with an open mind, and keep as many doors open as possible. Never rule out a field, a minor, or even an elective, because you never know how your interests will change with time.
- Remember why you’re in school! Of course, there’s a time and place for fun, but be sure to challenge yourself to develop intellectually and personally during your college years.
- Find people (e.g. friends, faculty, CSU staff) that inspire you, and latch on! More than anything, it has been meaningful relationships that have helped me to carve my path.
- If time and money allow, study abroad or travel immediately upon graduating from CSU, ideally in a place much different from the United States. There are some things that simply cannot be taught in the classroom.