Mia Allen – Class of 2017
At HU, I majored in chemistry but I also took a lot of biology classes. I am currently enrolled in pharmacy school as a PharmD candidate for the accelerated program at MCPHS. I am a pharmacy intern at Walgreens pharmacy and I still tutor from time to time. I utilize almost every science related concept from HU, which allows me to thrive in pharmacy school.
During my time at HU, I loved the faculty and smaller class sizes the most. The faculty were always available to clarify any content that I did not understand during different lectures and even on previous exams. The smaller class sizes allowed me to thrive and every professor knew my name. The faculty genuinely want you to succeed and they constantly went above and beyond to ensure me success.
HU taught me how to make vital connections early on, by often inviting influential speakers and constantly encouraging us to attend events. They also encouraged the students to network during career fairs. The rigorous science curriculum allowed me to meet all of the prerequisites for pharmacy school. Having a mandatory research project in undergrad prepared me to do research at the grad level. Presenting my project at the Undergraduate Research at the Capital allowed me to improve my public speaking skills.
Describe how HU changed your life, and/or prepared you for the next (prestigious) level.
Harrisburg University enabled me to discover the passion I had for the fields of study that I would fall in love with, biochemistry and molecular biology. With professors that go beyond the classroom, HU’s faculty act as both attentive mentors and brilliant lecturers. Under their guidance, I came to thoroughly understand the tenets that we seek to follow as the core competencies. The focus on critical thinking and collaboration, among other attributes thoroughly prepared me for the rigors I will face as I now begin my graduate program this fall of 2019. I would even go on to say that these attributes will remain a tenacious foundation for the challenges I will face in the far future.
What was your favorite class and why?
I would have to say that the series of biochemistry courses taught by Dr. Catherine Santai here at HU were among my favorite classes to take. The focus on not only understanding what the textbook taught regarding homework assignments and exams but also on applying that knowledge to primary literature during our discussion periods allowed for such a dynamic atmosphere in the classroom. Needless to say, there was never a dull moment.
What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy playing my guitar to my favorite tunes, listening to philosophy debates spanning the various topics of life, and helping others whether it be material in nature or explaining a concept that I may have a better understanding on to someone.
When you get out of graduate school, what will be your goal professionally?
At the moment, my ultimate goal is to eventually become a research professor. For my entire life, I always looked up to scientists as my role models. I am someone who always asks questions; therefore, conducting research is naturally what I love. Though, as I have matured at HU, I increasing felt that I wanted to give back that feeling of finally understanding some difficult subject with the help of an advisor or professor, or guiding someone as they develop into a professional. Thus, teaching has become a somewhat growing interest of mine in the past two and a half years.