Stephanie tell her story makes it quite clear that she loves
the path that she has chosen as a Medical Laboratory Science
(MLS) major with a Pre-
Med Concentration. After sitting down with a faculty member,
Stephanie discovered that the MLS curriculum was a course of
study that she found very interesting.
Stephanie took a class in Phlebotomy (the science
of blood sample collection), and was able to take the skills
that she learned in that course and get her foot in the door
in the medical field. She now has a part time job with Wentworth
Douglass Hospital in Dover, which allows her to interact with
doctors. Not only does she get
experience working in an actual medical laboratory, she gets
direct mentorship from doctors and other medical professionals.
The experiences she is getting at Wentworth
Douglas has given her valuable insight into a hospital’s
infrastructure and relates very closely to what she is learning
in her classes.
Another interest of Stephanie’s is teaching.
This has helped her to stay connected to some of the subjects
that she loves, such as anatomy. Stephanie leads study groups
for first-year anatomy students and takes great pride in preparing
lessons, study guides, and lecture summaries complete with
power point slides for these groups. The energy put into these
study groups is something that Stephanie sees as very rewarding
and worthwhile: “If you invest in others, they
will invest in you.” Additionally, her experience as
a Teaching Assistant has allowed her to develop collegial relationships
with one of her favorite professors, Joyce Stone. Stephanie
admires Professor Stone’s energy, love for the subject
material, and her efforts to make her classroom interactive.
Stephanie says she feels that Joyce treats her as an equal
and that she has even met her parents.
Stephanie’s academic interests do not stop
with MLS courses. “I have had a lot of really diverse
connections not in just one department,” she says of
her experience with taking general curriculum courses. At first
the prospect of taking a history course did not fully appeal
to Stephanie. However, after taking U.S. and World Affairs
with Professor Stacy Vandeveer, she fell in love with Political
Science. Since taking the course, Stephanie has become a frequent
viewer of CNN, and has decided to take on a political science
Living on campus has been a very important part
of Stephanie’s UNH experience. Having grown up in nearby
Rollinsford, NH Stephanie could have easily commuted from her
parents home. However, she has found a wealth of campus activities
that have enriched her academic education. Stephanie has worked
with the admissions office, including serving as a tour guide
as well as talking to incoming COLSA students. In her first
two years at UNH Stephanie served UNH as part of the Campus
Activities Board. With all of these activities Stephanie has
found balance by going to the rec
center. Going to the gym has helped keep her healthy and energized
in all facets of college life. One of her favorite activities
is Broomball. “It may be the best
thing ever invented.”
Stephanie has big plans for her time beyond UNH.
She is interested in attending school to become a physician’s
assistant and perhaps medical school as well. She can also
see herself teaching on the collegiate level or working in
a field that combines her Political Science interests with
her interests in healthcare.
Perhaps the most striking indication of Stephanie’s
success here is her attitude. She attributes much of her success
to the support of parents, friends, and the UNH Community.
A keen understanding of happiness has also been a guiding ideal.
Stephanie says: “It takes a lot to put me in a
bad mood . . .you’ve got about eighty some odd years
on this earth. Are you really going to care about something
[bad] in two days.” Stephanie’s positive choice
of attitude has made her UNH story one of success that will
extend no doubt well into her future.