I hope to become a doctor, and I’ll have to be able to work well with people, talk to them, understand their needs. That was a critical aspect of the class and really relevant to my career.
"I took a course called Sociology of Medicine with Professor Carl Milofsky and Donna Laroya, the university relations specialist at Geisinger Medical Center, a health system near campus. We met every week to talk with guest speakers about issues in public health including gas drilling in the local area, doctors' and nurses' relationships with their patients and bioethics.
"Each of us also interned at area organizations so we could apply what we learned in class. I worked at Hackey House, a program for high schoolers with cognitive and emotional disabilities, in Danville, Pa. I wanted to find out why some businesses create job opportunities for people with disabilities and then encourage other businesses to do the same. I did a lot of interviews, and I got to interact with the counselors and the kids in the program. It was great.
"I hope to become a doctor, and I'll have to be able to work well with people, talk to them, understand their needs. That was a critical aspect of the class and really relevant to my career."
Aaron is from Commack, N.Y.
Posted June 15, 2013