What are you doing now? Are you where you imagined you would be in your career at this point in your life prior to graduating, or did things work out differently than you planned?
My vocation is an Application Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and I am definitely where I imagined I would be prior to graduating. I am working in the health sector and am looking into pursing a master’s degree.
What made you choose St. Mike's?
St. Mike’s has quite a bit to offer their students. I wanted to go to a small undergraduate college with a close-knit community. I also loved the surroundings, specifically the mountainous scenery and Burlington.
What was your most memorable experience at St. Mike's?
Professor Alain Brizard’s physics class is one of my most memorable experiences. I highly recommend enrolling in his class for any student, because of the type of person he is. He pushes you to do your best. If I went in to ask a question, he would not allow me to leave until I fully comprehended the concept of the question. I am not an admirer of physics, but I appreciated it much more after his class.
Who was your favorite professor, or a professor that influenced you in a significant way?
Professor Sajida Jalalzai is extremely passionate about her classes, and reinforces the concept of thinking critically in her assigned readings. She is also very encouraging about the decisions her students make. I wanted to learn about Hinduism and I did not have space in the following semester to take it, but with her help, I was able to take it during the 2016 Winter Intersession.
How did you come to be where you are now?
I began college as a Biology major aspiring to go to medical school. I ended up graduating with a degree in Biochemistry, and minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. As an adolescent, I had been interested in the healthcare field, so I volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital. I am now fortunate enough to have a career that I am ecstatic about at the same place.
What was it like adjusting to the 'real world' after graduating?
My internship during the summer of 2015 helped me get ready for the ‘real world’. Professors Joanna Ellis-Monaghan and Greta Pangborn spent their summers supervising a DNA origami research project with selected students. I came to the realization that there is not an answer to all problems. The professors express this concept in their mathematics and computer science courses, which is also nice to see. It was difficult to adjust to the fact that I could not greet every person that made eye contact with me, as I could at St. Mike’s. However, Boston Children’s Hospital does have an open and friendly environment similar to the one at Saint Michael’s college.
Where do you think you would be right not if you had not gone to Saint Michael's college? How would your life be different?
Attending St. Mike’s is an academic and personal learning experience. I improved in terms of my maturity, because my academic experiences broadened my intelligence, and my personal experiences gave me confidence. It is astonishing that I know a great amount now, and have been able to apply it to my daily life.
What would you say to current seniors who will be graduating soon?
I believe that you should make the most of your remaining time you have left by choosing to spend each day in a way that makes you happy. The past four years have quickly passed, and so will the next few months. Additionally, your Saint Michael’s College degree is your ‘golden ticket’ to acquiring an occupation, so pick the career that you are passionate about.