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Students gather information at the first Pre-Health Resources Fair Students gather information at the first Pre-Health Resources Fair

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Career Services presents Pre-Health Resources Fair

Applying to graduate schools and jobs can be overwhelming for students nearing graduation, but on Feb. 16, Career Services showed pre-health students that they are not alone in this process.

In the first Pre-Health Resource Fair at Willamette, juniors and seniors met with representatives from a wide-variety of graduate schools and organizations. Dressed to impress, students spoke individually with recruiters and listened to presentations on job openings and graduate programs.

“Students interested in pre-health want to know where they can use their skills and make connections,” said Career Services director Jerry Houser. “We set up the pre-health fair so that students can take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions like, ‘What if I have a low GPA and I am interested in a health-related field?’ or ‘What if I have a high GPA but not a lot of related experience?’”

Instead of a series of individual visits, Houser brought a variety of schools to campus together, enabling students to consider an array of career options. Presenters included Oregon Health and Sciences University, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the National College of Natural Medicine, ScribeStat and others. According to junior rhetoric and media studies major Anna Mencarelli, “Students are busy, so having all those recruiters on campus was convenient.”

Junior biology major Marguex Hunter used the opportunity to learn more about osteopathic medicine. “All of the representatives at the fair wanted to help me, and it’s cool that many of them were Willamette graduates.”

Hunter appreciated the challenging questions representatives posed about her future. “Those are the questions I need to think about,” she said.

For pre-health resources and upcoming events, visit willamette.edu/cla/prehealth/.