Pre-Health Presentation For 1st Year Students

Attention Pre-Health Freshmen!

You are invited to a presentation on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in LC 25 with Emily Sutherland, Pre-Health Advisor.

This presentation is geared toward freshmen who are interested in applying to medical, dental, or optometry school sometime in the future. Continue reading “Pre-Health Presentation For 1st Year Students”

Meet Buo Ikwuazom

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Chibuokem “Buo” Ikwuazom
Class of 2017
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Growing up, I have always had a profound love for science that slowly blossomed into Ideaan aspiration of going into the medical field and becoming a neurosurgeon. My origin of interest in sciences dates back to my childhood when I began watching an all-time favorite show of mine, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, about a boy genius who used his intelligence to create many inventions and innovate many ideas that comes up in his head. He would create something so magnificent that seems like a good idea but ends up putting him in a quagmire only to use his gifted intellect to rectify his problems. As I watched this young boy use science to such an extent for fun and to help people, I became inspired. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be great – I still do. It’s a childish aspiration, but it’s my ambition.

As I grew older, I became more aware of the different areas of science. While taking different science courses through junior high and high school, my love for science expounded and grew. I realized how everything tied together from biology to chemistry to physics – everything just seemed to coexist in perfect unison and it made sense for the most part.

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As a sophomore in North Babylon High School, I volunteered at the Brain Injury Unit (BIU) at the Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY. Volunteering at BIU exposed me to a wild variety of neurological disorders and syndromes and evoked in me a vision, a new ambition, to become a neurosurgeon. As I volunteered at the BIU, I experience many things that may shock some people but only gave me drive to go into the medical field. I wanted to know why some patients are not able to respond to certain brain stimuli or how to stimulate certain parts of the central or peripheral nervous system to ascertain the solutions to what is occurring with the patient. Studying and ascertaining what the conundrums are, is one thing but operating is another. Growing up, I have always be very fond of using my hands to fix many things around the house. I envisioned my future to be something that is very hands-on and engaging to me. My love for science as a young child and the different experiences I have had volunteering at the Brain Injury Unit at Southside Hospital has definitely cultivated an innate ambition inside me to purse the field of medicinal as I aspire to become a neurosurgeon.

DSC_0008I wanted better for myself, for my future. I did not want to fail and be defeated. So I had two options. Let myself be beat down or get up and work even harder than ever to become successful. I have always abhorred when people referred to me as smart or intellectual albeit a compliment. I rather be proclaimed hard worker because I know that has gotten me where I am today. I also knew of my rigorous work ethic. I have composed and developed a work ethic that is difficult to rival. The late nights, the early mornings and the sleepless days have molded me into what I am today. I wanted to be successful that badly. I refused to allow my weakness to overcome me but instead worked harder to overcome them.

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When someone is struggling in their effort to reach their goals, I usually offer two suggestions:  Re-organize your life and  assess how much you want it. I am a strong believer in organization and it has surely helped me towards being successful. You need to organize every aspect of your life, not just cleaning your room or making sure you take good notes. No. I am speaking of a stricter re-organization. You need to make sure your life is in order. There are too many distractions, too many problems college students face day by day that limits your ability to succeed. You need to make sure your personal life is in order or at least have some control over it to ensure that it does not interfere with your future successes. Order is very important. With maintenance of your personal and academic order can everything flow the way you want it to and success can be achieved.

Another important advice is that you have to want it – you have to want it BAD! One of my favorite quotes or statements about success says it all “to succeed, you need to couple an indefatigable work ethic with a voracious ambition.” I believe this quote embodies who I am today and I must share it with the rest of you to come. So hold on to your dreams, goals, aspirations and work towards it as bad as you want it with a work ethic second to none and an ambition close to no other!

“A very important resource and individual that have been part of my success has to be my first year academic advisor, Michael Geroux from the Advisement Services Center.”

A very important resource and individual that have been part of my success has to be my first year academic advisor, Michael Geroux from the Advisement Services Center. To say the man is a great mentor and advisor is an understatement. During my freshman year, I would visit Mike at least 2-3 times a week just to get his thoughts on certain ideas or things that I am planning on doing. He would always give me his thought on it and provide me a bigger picture into everything I do. Some of those days would just be me popping in just to say hello. But, that is the kind of environment Mike and I cultivated among each other that surpasses the role of advisor and student. He is extremely welcoming to students around him and gives you the best advisor for you. Even now, as an upperclassmen, I still go to see Mike for his thoughts and opinions. I believe there are more Mikes in the Advisement Services Center. It is imperative that each student try to cultivate some form of relationship between their advisors because it truly benefits you. They have been there and seen most of the things you may or are going and will provide you with the best advisor possible.

learn-528391_640Another resource I would say are the study lounges around each quads, specifically, State Quad. Those study lounges were designed to allow efficient studying and classwork for students. It is very important that you find a place that allows you to maximize and optimize your time in studying and doing any kind of work. The libraries around campus, the Dewey Library, the Science Library and the University Library, are other great resources that allows you to escape the hectic environment around campus and focus your mind on accomplishing your school work. But, I, especially, found those study lounges to be a very efficient place to work.

If you are a New Dane, I would encourage you to remember your future! I believe all undergraduate students should know and take this with them throughout their college experience. You should remember and hold tight to your future. I am sure everyone has been told to live for the present which is very important as well. But, not enough people are being reminded of their future as though it may not happen. As important as the present is, so is our undetermined future. So remember your future as you live through your present, taking solace that the future will be bright because you thought about and remembered it.


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Meet Chisom Nnadi

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Chisom Nnadi
Class of 2015
Major: Biology

My father’s death from pancreatic cancer motivated me to study biology.. He died when I was a very young boy. My father’s death crippled my family, but it also unleashed my passion for science and medicine as immeasurable in me as the universe itself. The emotional pain was unbearable, so at a young age I wanted to make a difference. I reasoned that since I could not bring dad back to life, I must prevent other children from losing their loved ones and feeling the pain that I felt. I decided that I would be a doctor and enlist myself in the war against diseases. I aspire to join the many, who quest to find better treatments or cures for illnesses that are difficult to treat and cure. Because of this I became focused and persistent on my goal.

achievement-703442_640In high school, my admission process into the University at Albany tested my ambition. I was so determined that after applying and getting wait-listed by Albany, I organized countless meetings in which my coach, teacher, and principal attended. After briefing them on my circumstances, I asked them to continuously contact Mr. Andrea, the dean of undergraduate admissions. Finally, after copious emails and voicemails I got an interview. It seems as if many forces were against me the morning of my interview as the bus to Albany left early, so I missed my initial interview. Not deterred, I hitched a ride with a friend. During the interview, I revealed how I managed many responsibilities in high school such as playing caretaker for my kindergarten-age sister after school, I worked full time to save for college, I excelled in classes, and I played basketball. Mr. Andrea said “You have potential. Here is your letter of acceptance.” These experiences demonstrate that I overcame adversity and remained committed and determined, because I have such an eternal desire to study biology and practice medicine, and compliment that desire with multiple relentless efforts.

As a biology major many of my classes are held in large lecture centers that have close to one hundred students or more. Some students have difficulty learning in large class sizes. When I struggled with concepts, I first reflected on these questions:

  1. Have I been going to class and taking good notes?Lecture Centers
  2. Have I critically read the textbooks?
  3. Have I looked up the subject matter on google or youtube?
  4. Have I been to office hours?
  5. Have I tried studying with a fellow diligent student?
  6. Have I tried tutoring? (CSTEP, EOP, review sessions, etc)

 Once I addressed these questions and took action on any deficiencies, I found myself succeeding. I encourage anybody who is struggling academically to do the same.

When I was a freshman, I wanted to get involved at the university. I applied to be a Resident Assistant. Once I got the position, I became a walking resource for my fellow students. I felt more complete as a well-rounded student because I loved helping people.  I would give advice to fellow students; direct them to appropriate resources when needed, host effective programs (large scale events with a specific learning outcome) and much more. Five Quad ambulance service also furthered my comfort at the university as I refined my interest in helping people medically by joining the organization as an EMS provider. Overall my involvement in organizations that had people with similar interest as me was beneficial and made me feel more comfortable. I believe all students should know that there are numerous ways to get involved on campus as well as succeed academically. If they are looking for these pathways then they should talk to their Resident assistant or academic advisor for advice and directions on where and how to find these pathways.


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