Mariah Evarts graduated from Harvard College in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology. While there, her work at a fully student-run homeless shelter made her see the need for improving the quality of access to healthcare in at-risk communities. The following year, she worked as a bicycle mechanic in Cambridge and volunteered at three different heath care facilities: the emergency room at Mt. Auburn Hospital; a small residential hospice; and at the Codman Square Community Health Center. This year of volunteering allowed her to figure out whether of not she was actually interested in becoming a doctor.
She chose the Mount Holyoke program because of the close advising during both the post-baccalaureate year, as well as throughout the application year. She was very happy to get to know some of the professors during her courses.
Currently, Mariah is working as research technician in the Sanes neurobiology Lab at Harvard. Using the mouse brain as a model system, the research works to establish the synaptic connections within the retina and the brain’s visual system. She expects to apply to medical school for entrance in 2013.