Sharon Heichman ’13
I’ve finished my thesis, gotten my laurels soaked with champagne and covered in glitter, and danced my heart out. In less than a week, I will be donning a cap and gown and walking across a stage in the middle of Reed’s beautiful campus in order begin an entirely new chapter of my life.
It’s going to be challenging to leave Reed behind. I will miss all of the amazing friends I’ve made here, the professors who taught me so much, and the magic of this campus. However, I am also excited by what’s to come for me.
I will be applying to medical school in June. The application process is a long and arduous one, but I am certainly looking forward to finding out where I will be spending another four years! I decided to take a year off between graduating from Reed and matriculating to med school because applying, studying for and taking the MCAT, and flying out to interview on short notice seemed like too great of a feat while I was thesising. I’m grateful that I’ll have the year off, though, as it will give me time to continue enjoying Portland and take a little breather.
Starting in July, I will be spending a month in Ecuador working with children whose parents work in the street markets. These children generally do not receive a typical or consistent education, so the other volunteers and I will be providing academic enrichment and helping to teach them a bit of English. I will also have the opportunity to travel around the country on the weekends. The biology nerd part of my personality is hoping I’ll make it to the Galapagos Islands!
After the summer, I will be returning to Portland and working part-time. Over my last couple of years, I have been accruing private tutoring clients and so I am planning to continue working as a tutor next year. I have been a tutor at Reed for Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology for the past three years and that experience certainly helped me to build my own private client base. I also taught with the Reed College Science Outreach program over the past four years, which also gave me valuable teaching experience. This program places Reed students of all majors into local elementary school classes to teach a supplementary science curriculum in order to give the younger students college mentors and to get them excited about the sciences.
I wish you all the best, prospective Reedies who are reading this blog! It’s been a joy being an Admission Intern and meeting many of you. I’m going to miss this job almost as much as I know I’ll miss Reed!