4th Annual Alumni Weekend
On January 25, 2020, first and second year MRADS students had the opportunity to interact and ask questions in small group settings to get to know MRADS alumni.
Each year current students rave about how much they have learned from the alumni and had positive experiences.
My winding road to University of Michigan Medical School began in MRADs, where I explored research opportunities, adjusted to the new demands of college life, and built friendships in the community. It was a great privilege to return and share with MRADS students about my own stumbling blocks and moments of growth that were part of my path to medical school. MRADs students are compassionate, humble, and curious, so it has been extremely rewarding to continue to be a part of this special community through alumni engagement.
It's always such a pleasure to come back to MRADS to hear about all the wonderful projects and interests each of these young scholars has. I hope being able to share my journey through Michigan and then law school was as impactful for them as it was for me to hear the students' engaged and thoughtful questions. They were as intelligent, curious, and socially aware as I knew they would be. I was reminded as to what a formative year this is for these incredible students as they begin their tentative steps into the broader world with research as their catalyst. And I was reminded as to how much I love this place that will always be a home to me and, I think, to them.
Students attended an Alumni Panel and then a small group session with an alumnus/alumna of their choosing. Below are some of their thoughts and reflections of the weekend. Click on their names below!
I thought that the MRADS Alumni Weekend was really interesting because I got to learn about the experiences, pieces of advice, and memories of past MRADS students. I learned a lot about topics ranging from how to manage a heavy course load, sleep, research, clubs, a social life, and possibly other activities and commitments; how to choose which direction you want to go in for a career and the importance of exploring different avenues; and how to communicate with people about scientific issues like climate change. Additionally, hearing the alumni talk about how they struggled through and overcame the same issues that my friends and I were going through made me feel reassured. I went to a breakout session with a first-generation alumni who came from a poor family in a small town but has overcome educational and financial barriers to succeed at Michigan. Overall, hearing about all of the great things the alumni are doing out in the world was inspirational because it really showed that there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you believe in yourself and work hard. I am so proud of all our MRADS alumni!
Alumni weekend allowed me to listen to other people's stories and realize that the things I am going through and will go through are normal. It really helped to hear that many of them switched majors or had to endure certain hardships to be where they are today. I was inspired by how each of them got to grow with every obstacle they overcame and to see that it was all worth it at the end. Every individual's story was different and each and every one of them had a lot to bring to the table in terms of how to deal with difficulties that may arise in our lives. Alumni weekend was an eye opener for the possibilities I could do and a reminder that a bump in the road does not mean the end of the world.
Speaking to the alum during the Alumni Weekend was an enjoyable experience that really increased my hope for the future. As a freshman who is still exploring what the world has to offer and still trying to find out what my future looks like, it was really relieving to see people who are successful now, but were just as apprehensive and unsure about their future when they were in my shoes. It really made me believe that I was going to be fine, because if they could come out of this successful, so could I. Being able to talk to them in smaller session during the breakout session was especially enjoyable, as we were able to talk and ask questions about topics from research and careers to college life and general life advice.
Alumni weekend was better than I anticipated. There was a diverse group of alumni who shared their experiences not only about MRADS about college. The different ways the discussed reflecting on their college life showcased how unique each one was. It also showed me that their are important similarities with each person because they each developed a habit or routine because of their experience in college. There should be an alumni event every semester.