At Hopkins, I had the opportunity to take a range of different classes, which turned out to be invaluable. I selected classes such as Clinical Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience (as I study the BSc Neuroscience pathway), which enabled me to explore a section of this field that I did not have the opportunity to focus into previously. I also chose public health classes, Medical Humanitarianism and Global Health Policy which were more seminar/debate based classes, as well as a graduate class on U.S. Healthcare Systems from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Many of these class sizes were between 5–20 students so I really appreciated the opportunity to be able to get to know my professors on a professional as well as a personal level. Thus, the interdisciplinary choice of classes I was able to take complimented my academic interests in global health.
In addition to these classes, I had the chance undertake research in the second semester and extended it into the summer months. As Hopkins is a renowned research university, this was one of my main objectives while abroad, and it certainly lived up to its reputation. 90 per cent of students whom I got the opportunity to get to know here are doing some sort of research based work.
I worked as an undergraduate student research assistant in two ongoing projects alongside an extremely knowledgeable but welcoming team of clinicians and PhD students. The first is a clinical pilot study about Parkinson’s Disease and related diseases such as Lewy Body Dementia. The second is a study on possible rehabilitation methods for motor diseases.
I was provided with the necessary clinical and research methods training and certification to contribute firsthand to the research, and I was also fortunate to be working alongside a team that supported and tolerated my constant questions and gave me extra shadowing opportunities in their respective disciplines. This research opportunity was (and still is!) an incredibly challenging but gratifying work experience and I will probably forever credit it to helping me narrow down on future career goals.