Miranda Abayazi; University of Connecticut class of 2019; physiology and neurobiology major; Albert Einstein College of medicine class of 2025
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Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?

It's cliché to say, but I really do love the intersection of science and the ability to care for others. Through my shadowing experiences, I have also seen physicians advocate for their patients' best interests and have a direct, positive impact on their quality of life, which has been really inspiring.

What were some meaningful extracurricular activities that you were involved in while at UConn?

I really enjoyed working in an assisted living home during the summers because it allowed me to get some first-hand experience with caregiving. Another activity I really enjoyed was being a teaching assistant for PNB 2274/5 because I was able to help other students succeed in a course that is notoriously challenging.

What did you do during your growth year(s) and what did you learn?

I took two gap years before starting medical school. During this time, I worked as a research technician in a lab where we conducted bedside-to-bench research on patients with primary immunodeficiencies. This experience allowed me to learn even more about medicine and develop my bench skills. It was through this experience that I saw how big of an impact physicians can truly have on their patients, which is what solidified my decision to pursue medicine.

What are some ways that you take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing?

To take care of myself, I try to stay on top of my assignments and responsibilities to prevent getting overwhelmed and stressed out.

What advice do you have for aspiring pre-health students?

Do extra-curricular activities that interest you and that you find fulfilling because these experiences will be the most impactful.

What’s something that you wish you knew when you were in college?

The MCAT may seem daunting, but UConn provides you with a great knowledge base and the critical thinking skills necessary to do really well on the exam. Don't sweat it!