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Pre-Health Alumnae Stories
The professions and pathways of Mount Holyoke alumnae in the health professions are as diverse as Mount Holyoke students themselves. Read alumnae stories below to learn about opportunities available to students, and the variety of professional options for those with a passion for health and healthcare.
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Mojun Zhu ’11: my strong science research background helped me better understand the fundamental aspect of medicine as it relates to clinical practice.
Heather Southwick '90: While in graduate school, I began to combine my love of dance and medicine through an internship with Boston Ballet.
A biology and film studies double major, Anqa Khan ’17 is gaining an intersectional understanding of public health through her research and internships.
Natercia Rodrigues '06: it has been a priority to learn within the context of a supportive community that values mentorship.
Margaret Murdock ' 18 :One of the most critical parts of research is being able to communicate what you learn and discover.
Lindsay Sceats '11: Preparing for my my senior thesis gave me practice in looking at data with a critical eye and forming my own scientific opinions.
Margaret (Mollie) Frederiksen '13: My history as a dancer combined with my interest in the human body and how it works drew me towards dance medicine.
Emma Walters '15: when I decided to pursue a Spanish minor - and then major - I had no idea it would change my professional and personal goals.
Shelly T Hsiao '10: I love practicing medicine and feel confident in my skills because of the solid science education and chemistry research experiences.
Margaret Wiss ’16 made her choreographic debut at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC.
Rudo Makonza Goto ’13: The interdisciplinary nature of Biochemistry enhanced my critical thinking.
Future physician Jailene Rodriguez ’20 gained hands-on lab experience in high school via Mount Holyoke’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program.
Yafu Zhu '16: My honor thesis topic lead me to four months of fieldwork in a remote county in Yunnan Province, Western.
Catherine Dietrich ’12: my work has benefited greatly from the skills I gained in higher level biochemistry classes and my undergraduate lab experience.
Insun Yoon '09, My research experience inspired me to become a compassionate and competent dentist.
Mervnide Pierre '14: I would not be where I am without advising and guidance, so finding a mentor/advisor invested in my success was crucial to my journey.
Ruth P. Zager '49: the study of history aids one in evaluating the 'talking heads' and their analyses of the health issues in this country.
Aubry K Hildebrant '07: Medical Family Therapy presented a unique combination of social science, medicine/healing and understanding other people's stories.
Hilary Pollan '12: My Nexus Global/Local Experiences helped me the most in collaborating with diverse groups to improve community health.
Stella Elwood ’19 turns to the Makerspace to create an effective, affordable tool for use in veterinary medicine.
Emma O’Leary ’16: Biochemistry fulfills my need to be intrigued, confronted with complex questions, and participate in independent research.
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