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Ali Seitz, Hunter Post Bacc 2011 – 2013

Ali (white coat) using real brain specimens to teach neuroanatomy

Ali grew up in Miami, where the steamy weather and beautiful beaches didn’t prevent her from conducting research in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Miami, as a high chool student and ooauthoring a journal paper. After graduating with special distinction from Yale University with a B.A. in literature, studying abroad in Buenos Aires, and winning a prestigious prize in comparative literature, Ali joined Teach for America. While teaching Language Arts to hundreds of Bronx middle schools students, she still found time to simultaneously obtain her MSc in education.

Joining the Hunter Post-Bacc program in 2011, Ali managed a perfect 4.00 GPA for the next 2 years of pre-med courses while also balancing a heavy extra-curricular load. She volunteered in Bellevue’s ER, conducted diabetes prevention research at Mount Sinai, and led a weekly bilingual creative writing workshop for patients at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, where she also volunteer Spanish-English interpreted. After scoring extraordinarily well on the MCAT, Ali spent her last year at Hunter graciously employing her teaching expertise as an adjunct instructor for Biology 100 and 102.

After turning down very attractive offers from Stanford Medical School and NYU’s 3-year MD program, Ali matriculated at UCSF, where she volunteers in the UCSF Homeless Clinic. Always dedicated to giving back to her community, she leads the Women’s Support Group and coordinates work on women’s health/intimate partner violence.



Ebiere Okah, Hunter Post Bacc 2009-2012

Born in Nigeria and raised in several Midwestern cities, Ebiere started her academic success early, winning a National Achievement Scholarship and becoming co-president of her high school’s Kansas Association for Youth, a community service organization.

Originally interested in an academic career in economics, she received a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of Rochester, where she elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In her Junior year, following graduation, she worked as an assistant economist at the New Tork Federal Reserve, where she published several papers.

As a Hunter post bacc, Ebiere earned straight A’s while working as a health care policy analyst at the New York Department of Health and conducting nutrition and education research as a volunteer at Columbia University. About Hunter’s pre-health office, she remembers the staff as being “phenomenal” for their valuable advice and excellent connections to medical school admissions programs.




Sam Kelly, Hunter Post Bacc 2012-2014


A New York native, Sam grew up frequently travelling to Central America to work as a volunteer, helping to construct schools and roads, and employing his Spanish language skills in education. Using his National Merit Scholarship to pursue his talent for Spanish at Emory, Sam travelled to Spain for a summer abroad, later obtaining his medical interpretation certification. Interested in medicine from a young age, he volunteered in a research group at the New York Psychiatric Institute after his freshman year, and helped publish several journal papers and book chapters while in college.

After extensive experience as an interpreter, both at the Hospital for Special Surgery and in a Global Medical Brigades trip to Honduras, Sam enrolled at Hunter to follow his dream of becoming a physician, earning a perfect 4.0 in his post bacc studies. Continuing his interpreting, research, and international volunteer activities while at Hunter, Sam was also an important member of the Hunter Post Bacc club, helping to organize events and mentor new students.

After receiving several compelling scholarship offers in NYC, Sam is now starting medical school at U. Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, his top choice. Thankful to Hunter for helping him get to where he is today, he remembers fondly the “great community of interesting, capable, mature classmates.”




Monique Montenegro, Hunter Post Bacc 2010-2013


Monique Montenegro

Growing up on the Southwest side of Chicago, Monique distinguished herself early on as an Illinois State Scholar and the vice-president of her high school’s chapter of the National Arts Honor Society. Following her interests in art and design, she earned her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City to work as a fashion designer.


While working long hours in the high flying world of fashion, Monique began to wonder if her effort and creativity could be better spent working to improve the lives of others. Remembering her role in caring for her mother (a polio and breast cancer survivor) in Chicago, she took a volunteer position in the oncology unit at New York Methodist Hospital. Quickly realizing that taking care of her patients was the highlight of her week, she decided that her future was in medicine, and enrolled in the Hunter Post-Bacc program.


Earning A’s while supervising the Yalow Scholar’s mentorship program and working long hours in Methodist Hospital's ER as a research assistant, Monique appreciated the sense of community among post baccs at Hunter. She reflects: “I might not be where I am today if it weren’t for a fellow post bacc student who acted as my ‘peer mentor’ and helped by providing free tutoring after she had completed courses that I was taking.”  She recommends to new students: “Help each other out. The post bacc student group was a tremendously helpful network.”


After being accepted to a number of schools in NYC and Chicago, Monique is completing her training at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota: “I can't talk about Mayo and not sound proud. I just love my school so much”. She is interested in pursuing either neurosurgery, neurology or ENT.



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