Alondra Vazquez attends Valencia High School in Placentia (Orange County). She has been accepted to UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Hope International University. She scored a 1360 on her SAT and a 27 on her ACT. Alondra loves rock and funk—she’s a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan!
The summer before my senior year, I was accepted into a Pre-Medicine program at The University of California, Irvine. There were many international, in-state, and out-of-state students who applied, so when I was awarded a $3,000 scholarship to participate in the program, I was thrilled. My mom and I would not not have been able to cover the cost ourselves.
Throughout those two weeks, I learned what it takes to become a doctor, the different paths that doctors can take, and the skills they need besides their medical training. The activity that helped me gain the most insight into the field was getting a patient whose case we had to analyze and diagnose with our group. It was a very challenging task because we had to diagnose the patient’s symptoms and research the different kinds of illnesses that they could indicate. Then, we had to develop a treatment plan, while considering the patient’s history. We got to meet our patient, a premature baby, and had a chance to talk to his doctor who explained the baby’s situation to us. Through this rewarding experience, I learned how to do specific research; distinguish reliable sources; be mindful of every factor that affects the diagnosis; work efficiently within a group; and deliver proper patient treatment.
The skills I learned are useful in my everyday life: problem solving, collaboration, and taking all factors into account before reaching a conclusion. My respect and appreciation for doctors and those in the medical field is constantly growing. I am incredibly thankful for my experience in the Summer Premed Program because it has made me realize that becoming a medical student is a viable option for me, as long as I continue to work hard and diligently.
– “Senior Saturday” blog post by Rea Concepcion, Academy Instructor at Reality Changers