The Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus (Neuropsychology)
My interest in medicine began with a passion for science. In human physiology, I fell in love with the deep complexity, yet fragility, of the human body, especially the nervous system. I pursued these interests even further in Neurobiology, where I was fascinated by the countless applications of chemistry and physics to neural connections. Filled with a deep desire to expand my knowledge, I began research with Dr. Daniel Weiss investigating the capability of non-human primates to learn language. Furthermore, research with Dr. Peter Arnett regarding the effects of concussion on a patient’s neurocognitive abilities solidified my passion for scientific research and its application to health-related questions. I found that gathering empirical evidence that actually supports my hypotheses was a feeling of pure elation and I look forward to conducting medical research in the future. However, I felt as though the impartial nature of research detached me too much from the individual participants and I began searching for more personal ways of applying my scientific knowledge.
My search eventually led me to volunteer as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. I began volunteering as a UTA in order to add extracurriculars to my resume, get my foot in the door of my university’s academic community, and keep introductory Psychology concepts fresh in my mind as I began taking more difficult Psychology courses. However, I recognized very early on how much of an impact I could have on the students I encountered. All of the students that came into my office hours were unique, but the one thing they all had in common was that they were not reaching the expectations they set out for themselves. Each student had a different style of learning that best suited them and I often found myself teaching concepts in five or more different ways before they completely understood it. However, feeling responsible for the “lightbulb moment” that went off in their head when they finally grasped a concept that they had been struggling with made all of the effort on my part worth it. My initial reasons behind accepting the position were soon forgotten, and I found myself motivated by watching students make progress and reach their goals. I suppose this experience relates to the intrinsic motivation that many doctors feel. Sometimes progress isn't made until the fifth treatment option, but I would imagine it is an unparalleled feeling of euphoria when a patient does begin to recover.
I majored in Neuropsychology while at Penn State and I am proficient in most Psychological concepts. However, I would consider myself advanced in brain structure/function, neurotransmitters, brain pathologies, and other Neuropsychological concepts. As mentioned above, I do have experience tutoring introductory psychological concepts as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you reach the expectations you set for yourself! My interest in medicine began with a passion for science. In human physiology, I fell in love with the deep complexity, yet fragility, of the human body, especially the nervous system. I pursued these interests even further in Neurobiology, where I was fascinated by the countless applications of chemistry and physics to neural connections. Filled
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