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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Rudo Makonza Goto '13
Rudo Makonza Goto ’13: The interdisciplinary nature of Biochemistry enhanced my critical thinking.
Insun Yoon '09
Insun Yoon '09, My research experience inspired me to become a compassionate and competent dentist.
Mojun Zhu ’11: my strong science research background helped me better understand the fundamental aspect of medicine as it relates to clinical practice.
Ruth Zager '49
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.
Emma Walters '15
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.
Mervnide Pierre
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.
Shelly T Hsiao '10: I love practicing medicine and feel confident in my skills because of the solid science education and chemistry research experiences.
Mount Holyoke is full of mentors and people who are rooting for your success and will ensure that you find your interests and passions while you are here.
Natercia Rodrigues
Natercia Rodrigues '06: it has been a priority to learn within the context of a supportive community that values mentorship.
Photo of Barbara Marquez ’19
“At Mount Holyoke, I learned that wherever I am, if I have passion for what I’m doing, I have the power to foster the things I care about most.”
Aubry Koehler
Aubry K Hildebrant '07: Medical Family Therapy presented a unique combination of social science, medicine/healing and understanding other people's stories.
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"I have been lucky enough through my time at Mount Holyoke to experience a variety of research and internship experiences."
Jailene Rodriguez '20 began her Mount Holyoke career as a high school summer scholar with the Restoration Ecology Program.
Future physician Jailene Rodriguez ’20 gained hands-on lab experience in high school via Mount Holyoke’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program.
Catherine "Katie" Dietrich ’12, Medical Student at University of Florida
Catherine Dietrich ’12: my work has benefited greatly from the skills I gained in higher level biochemistry classes and my undergraduate lab experience.
Photo of Muyuan Li ’18
“I can’t believe how lucky I am — to be able to learn from and work closely with a scientist I’ve been admiring for so long!”
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Margaret Wiss ’16 made her choreographic debut at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC.
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A biology and film studies double major, Anqa Khan ’17 is gaining an intersectional understanding of public health through her research and internships.
Margaret (Mollie) Frederiksen '13
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.
Yafu Zhu '16
Yafu Zhu '16: My honor thesis topic lead me to four months of fieldwork in a remote county in Yunnan Province, Western.
Hilary Pollan
Hilary Pollan '12: My Nexus Global/Local Experiences helped me the most in collaborating with diverse groups to improve community health.
Heather Southwick '90
Heather Southwick '90: While in graduate school, I began to combine my love of dance and medicine through an internship with Boston Ballet.
"Emma O'Leary '16 "
Emma O’Leary ’16: Biochemistry fulfills my need to be intrigued, confronted with complex questions, and participate in independent research.
Margaret Murdock
Margaret Murdock ' 18 :One of the most critical parts of research is being able to communicate what you learn and discover.
Lindsay Sceats
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.
Photo of Stella Elwood ’19 wtth the goose splints she created in the Makerspace
Stella Elwood ’19 turns to the Makerspace to create an effective, affordable tool for use in veterinary medicine.