Scroll through the blog posts and stories below to learn more about Hamilton student and alumni experiences in this industry, and then use our career resources such as Facts on File and O*Net to learn more. Finally, meet with your career advisor and explore the Career Center curriculum to learn how to network with alumni to discuss your interests and learn more about their work.
A message from the Health Connect Team
Hello fellow pre-health students! We hope you are doing well despite the circumstances that have moved us to remote learning for the rest of the semester. Our goal in our last newsletter of the year is to share some advice and resources to help pre-health students get through this time. We especially hope to help you navigate your concerns over missing out on summer opportunities, questions regarding how to be a productive pre-health student, and worries about self-care. We miss seeing you on the Hill! Stay well.
- The Health Connect Team (Tessa Lavan '20, Ollie Sandrey '21, and Diane-Lee Ferguson '22)
Volunteering during a pandemic
Worried about summer internships, research opportunities, and volunteering that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? This summer is a great time to demonstrate your service orientation. Here are some ways to stay connected with your community and stay productive!
- Stay connected with your community! Reach out to neighbors (especially the elderly) to see if you can help out with picking up essentials. Contact organizations that you have previously been involved with to see if there’s any ways you can pitch in now. Reach out to old teachers or family friends with children in school and see if there’s a way you could help virtually tutor to keep students engaged in learning. The possibilities for supporting your community are endless, so think about what works for you, what connections you have, what you have the capacity to do, and remember to stay safe and follow your state’s guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
- Interested in more formal volunteering opportunities? Check out idealist.org or volunteermatch.org. While response times from volunteer organizations might be slow, it doesn’t hurt to volunteer to help.
- Want to volunteer your time online from the safety of your home? Here are a few resources to check out: Dosomething.org, Operation Warm, and Paper-airplanes.org.
Spend more time thinking about professional schools
- Do some research about schools that you might be interested in applying to. To check out medical schools or other professional schools, check out the following links: AAMC Allopathic (MD) Medical Schools, AACOM Osteopathic (DO) Medical Schools, NAAHP Links of Interest
- Explore your personal interest in healthcare through journaling. This is a great way to start thinking about your personal statements, application essays, and ahead to interviews.
- Check in with yourself, your career advisor, your academic advisor, and your pre-health advisor to make sure you’re on track.
Other fun pre-health resources
Bored at home? Check out some other fun pre-health resources below! From books to podcasts to TED Talks to free classes, we’ve got some good recommendations for you!
- Our favorite book right now: Stranger in the Village of the Sick by Paul Stoller
- Some great pre-med podcasts from Diverse Medicine to learn and get advice: 10 podcasts for pre-meds
- An interesting TED Talk, among many, to watch (we love our dedicated healthcare professionals! Thank them!): Investing in Healthcare Workers Strengthens Communities
- A cool and relevant class to check out from Yale: Essentials of Global Health
Take time for self care
Having a hard time during the COVID-19 pandemic? So are we… Here are some great resources on how to best take care of yourself during this time!
- Explore the Counseling Center’s resources for coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic, they have some great articles, poems, and videos to help you navigate this time!
- Check out Yoga With Adriene on YouTube for a variety of yoga videos to help you decompress, stay calm, and get an easy workout in.
- Thinking about your mental health during a time of isolation? Here are a few more places to check out: CDC Advice on Managing Anxiety and Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic, World Health Organization Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak, Advice from thewirecutter.com
- Remember to check in with yourself and your needs, and reach out for help from your friends, family, and community if you need it! This is a time to come together and support each other.
Amanda Nelson is a 2012 Hamilton graduate and a fourth year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She just matched as a pediatrics intern at the Boston Combined Residency Program, where she will be working at Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center.