Clayton State University alumni Latanya Gobin Walker (Atlanta) and Mercedes Giles (Atlanta), both currently students at the Morehouse School of Medicine, recently spoke to Clayton State Wi2STEM (Women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students, offering tips regarding admittance to medical school, or graduate school in general.
Walker graduated last spring from Clayton State with a Bachelor of Science, after travelling to Los Angeles to present research and participate in the Wi2STEM PreMed Shadow program under Dr. Sandea Greene-Harris of Southern Crescent Neurosurgery.
Both Walker and Giles felt strongly about reaching out to those following behind them, giving encouragement and advice. Walker and Giles stated that taking advantage of the Kaplan free practice exams and opportunity for study materials that Wi2STEM provided is crucial to being accepted into medical school. In all of their interviews, they noted, the medical schools wanted to know if they participated in academic-oriented organizations and held officer positions. Their last piece of advice was for students to learn as much as they can in their science and mathematics coursework at Clayton State, because it is used in medical school.
Giles and Walker also gave their contact information to the Wi2STEM students and offered to mentor any student in pursuit of medical school.
“I am amazed at our students who graduate, and then come back to take care of their own,” says Wi2STEM faculty advisor Mary Hudachek-Buswell. “Wi2STEM is founded on the premise that we must take care of our own and reach down to bring someone up with you.”