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Successful Transfer Student Profiles

 

Hehidy Paulino Photo

Name: Hehidy Paulino

Major: Biology

Minor: N/A

Overall GPA: 3.418

Graduation Year: 2017

Previous Institution: Hillsborough Community College

 

Q: Which school are you attending?
A: Weill Cornell Medical College

Q: What drew you to this particular health field?
A: The quick answer is destiny! Starting in middle school, my science teacher realized that I excelled in science so he encouraged me to explore this "gift." At the same time, I enjoyed shows like "House M.D." and the medical aspects of Grey's Anatomy. I simply loved how health science was such a relatable and applicable field to everyday life. Going forward, I ran across peers, professors, and friends who continued to mentor and cheer me on. When I began to think more broadly about the world and the direction I wanted my life to take, I decided that I want to have a positive impact on my family and my community by becoming a doctor. There is nothing more important than your health, and I would like to help patients change the way that they view their bodies and the vast impact that small changes can have on their health.

Q: What extracurriculars did you participate in?
A: I wrote pre-med articles for an online magazine from time to time. I volunteered at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Tampa, Florida, and at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. I was also part of a woman's empowerment group called Phenomenal Women Latina, which provides mentorship and guidance. Most of my experiences came from various jobs that I held throughout high school and college.

Q: How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
A: It depended on the semester and the job that I held at the time but I will say 6 hours per week. I used the long commute times and gaps between classes to get most of my studying done.

Q: Did you use a test prep course?
A: Yes. Princeton Review. However, in my opinion the course was not worth the money except for the books. The practice exams were too difficult and not reflective of the actual MCAT. The best resource I used was the AAMC material (all of their question packs and exams) and discussing questions with peers who were also studying for the MCAT.

Q: Did you take a GAP year? If so, why?
A: Yes, I did because once I graduated from Hunter College I realized that I did not have much experience outside of the classroom. Up until that time, all I had was a few jobs under my belt, and zero clinical and research experience. Luckily, I managed to get a job at NYU-Langone, which offered all the enriching clinical and research experience to strengthen my application for the 2018-2019 application cycle.

Q: What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
A: My personal statement and letters of recommendations. Although I did not read any of my letters of recommendation, I believe that the people I chose to write on my behalf know me better than I know myself, and were able to convey my strengths.

Q: Did you apply nationally?
A:No. Only schools in New York City and one school in New Jersey.

Q: How did Pre-Health Advising Office help you achieve your goals?
A: Fortunately, I took advantage of the services that this office provides. All of the Pre-Health staff were supportive and provided constructive criticism that I took seriously. Without the advice of the Pre-Health Office, I know I would not have been accepted this cycle.

Q: What advice do you have for others?
A: You may hear this many times just as I did but my advice is to be your true authentic self! When writing your personal statement and experiences, when answering secondary essay questions, and when interviewing---be yourself. You know how we all get that hunch when someone is not being genuine? You best believe that interviewers can see that too. During the interview process, I came to recognize that all medical schools are really looking for is real human beings who are going to succeed and contribute wonderful things to their program. So do not misrepresent yourself on paper, and do not misrepresent yourself in person! One other important thing is to trust the process. What I mean by this is that I counted myself out so many times because I knew my metrics weren’t the best. However, once I received medical school interviews, I realized that the selection process is truly holistic, which I was completely skeptical about in the beginning. During interviews, I knew that this was my opportunity to shine, to be myself, and to show these schools that they made the right choice by giving me this opportunity.

 


 

 Hajaru Hamza

Name: Hajaru Hamza

Major: Biology

Minor: None

Overall GPA: 3.8

Graduation Year: 2017

Previous Instituion: Borough of Manhattan Community College

 

Q: Which school are you attending? 
A: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Q: What drew you to this particular health field? 
A: Growing up in a community that was regularly losing women to childbirth.

Q: What extracurriculars did you participate in? 
 - I volunteered as a teacher at my local mosque.
 - I was a member of the Muslim Student Association
 - I was an intern at the Staten Island University Hospital
 - I also served as the Vice President of the Out-In-Two Club and a tutor/peer mentor

Q: How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
A: 15-20 hours

Q: Did you use a test prep course?
A: No

Q: Did you take a GAP year? If so, why?
A: Yes. I took 2 gap years. I was interested in doing research and gaining some experiences beyond the classroom. I volunteered as a research assistant during my first gap year. For my second gap year, I took the MCAT, applied to medical schools and traveled. Fortunately for me, I developed a passions for watercolor art during this time and was able my paintings during my medical school interviews!

Q: What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
A: My personal statement and letters of recommendation. I spent a long time preparing my personal statement and getting it reviewed. As for the letters of recommendation, one of my interviewers said to me "your professors love you." I think that statement says it all.

Q: Did you apply nationally?
A: Yes

Q: How did Pre-Health Advising Office help you achieve your goals?
A: While the workshops and the deadlines might seem like a lot of work, especially for a transfer student, don't let that scare you. Applying to medical school is a huge investment both time wise and money wise. Having some guidance along the way could really determine whether or not you get into a program. I truly believe that the workshops and appointments helped ease the overall application process for me.

Q: What advice do you have for others?
 - Don't hesitate to reach out and ask for help when you need it. You are definitely going to encounter some challenges and it makes the journey less lonely when you have people to rely upon.
 - In your application, make sure every single aspect is a piece in answering the question "why medicine?"

 


 

Ridwan Name: Ridwan Carim-Sanni

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Psychology

Overall GPA: 3.56

Graduation Year: 2017

Previous Institution: Borough of Manhattan Community College

 

Q: Which school are you attending?
A: I will be attending the State University of New York College of Optometry to obtain a combined degree in Optometry/PhD (OD/PhD).

Q: What Hunter College extracurricular activities did you participate in?
A: I was an active member of the Minority Students Association and I volunteered for Peer Health Exchange.

Q: How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
A: I spent between 20-25 hours per week.

Q; Did you use a test prep course?
A: I studied using the OAT Destroyer test prep and the OAT Achiever.

Q: What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
A: My strengths were my OAT scores and my research experiences as well as my unique background.

Q: Did you apply nationally?
A: Yes, I applied to 3 schools on the East Coast and 1 on the West Coast.

Q: What advice do you have for others?
A: Stay on top of your game, put in the maximum amount of work in all aspects of your application, and connect with mentors to help make sure that all components of your application are well defined.

 


 

Betty Dalmasi

Name:  Betty Dalmasi

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology

Overall GPA: 3.829

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Institution: Borough of Manhattan Community College

 

Q: Which school are you attending?
A: NYU College of Dentistry

Q: What drew you to this particular health field?
A: From an early age, I was exposed to the world of dentistry since my mother was a dentist. I fell in love with this field of medicine.

Q: What extracurriculars did you participate in?
A: I shadowed a dentist and worked as a dental assistant. I volunteered at Metropolitan Hospital. I volunteered with the New Life Community Health Center. I was a research associate at NYU College of Dentistry. I was a volunteer with the Bringing the Smiles Program at NYU College of Dentistry.

Q: How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
A: About 30 hours per week.

Q: Did you use a test prep course?
A: I used the Orgoman Prep Course, and the DAT Destroyer and DAT Bootcamp books.

Q: Did you take a GAP year? If so, why?
A: No

Q: What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
A: The strengths in my application were the letters of recommendation that were compiled in my committee letter, and my personal statement.

Q: Did you apply nationally?
A: No, I only applied to schools in New York and New Jersey.

Q: How did the Pre-Health Advising Office help you achieve your goals?
A: The Pre-Health Office supported me throughout my time in Hunter by advising on what steps I should take to become a stronger applicant. The advisors were always willing to answer my questions and guided me on what I had to do to make my application to dental school stronger. The Pre-Health Office also provided me with resources through their workshops that helped me be successful during my time at Hunter and will continue to be essential for me through dental school and beyond.

Q: What advice do you have for others?
A: My advice to prospective pre-dental students who are thinking of applying to dental school is to be proactive in regards to the application process and of the things you can do to strengthen your application. Even though it is important to submit your application as early as possible, it is better to submit a strong, well-prepared application a little later in the cycle, than a weak application at the beginning of the cycle. In addition, it is important to keep a record and stay organized with the extracurricular activities that you are involved in, because once the application cycle starts having all of your extracurriculars in order helps with the application and also during the interview period. Overall, if dentistry is your passion, you just have to be persistent and continue to work hard to achieve your goals. Good luck!

 


 

Benjamin Kurnick Photo Name: Benjamin Kurnick

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: N/A

Overall GPA: 3.5

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous institution: Los Angeles Pierce College

 

Q: Which school will you be attending?
A: UCLA School of Dentistry

Q: What drew you to this particular health field?
A: I was lucky enough to shadow many dental professionals beginning in high school and became fascinated by both the scientific knowledge required as well as the artistic portion of dentistry.

Q: What extracurriculars did you participate in?
A: During my senior year I served as Secretary of the Hunter College Pre-Dental Society. Additionally, I worked part time at various organizations that helped children and adults with special needs. I spent time assisting in the Hunter College research labs, as well as shadowing various dentists throughout my undergraduate college years.

Q: How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?
A: I generally tried to study 2 hours for every hour spent in lecture, however that was greatly dependent on the specific course. Some courses (i.e. Organic Chemistry) required more time than a Gen Ed. course.

Q: Did you use a test prep course?
A: I used the DAT Bootcamp website for the DAT.

Q: Did you take a GAP year? If so, why?
A: I went straight into dental school after graduation.

Q: What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?
A: I wrote my Personal Statement in a way that would stand out, while also trying to advocate for myself as a great dental school applicant. I tried to describe all of my passions both within and outside of dentistry.

Q: Did you apply nationally?
A: Yes, I applied mainly to schools in California and New York/New Jersey, as well as a couple in the Midwest.

Q: How did Pre-Health Advising Office help you achieve your goals?
A: As a transfer student, the Pre-Health Advising Office helped me tremendously the first day I stepped foot into Hunter. I met with Kemile Jackson and she helped me plan my entire course schedule through graduation, allowing me to focus on getting the best grades and scores I could achieve.

Q: What advice do you have for others?
A: My main advice is to work hard and don’t give up. It is a long road and things don’t always go the way you want them to but stay the course. Don’t give up and ask for help when needed. Forming a strong support system in your friends and family is vital, and they will hopefully push you to accomplish your dreams. Also, I would recommend getting as much hands on experience as possible. Whether that is in the general field of dentistry (or medicine, veterinary sciences, etc…) as well as the specialties, the more experiences you get, the more passion you will get for the field you wish to go into.

 


 

 

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