I was late to join the health science college as I started my first semester at Chapman undeclared. However, I feel that this delay only enriched my experience as a health science student. Because I was organically drawn to the major without any initial obligation, I entered the major purely based on my love of the professors and peers within the major and have no doubt that health science was the right path for me.

Making connections with peers and upperclassmen that can offer you their advice and firsthand experiences was an invaluable asset for me. Whether it be sharing experiences about past professors, professional guidance, or just having a study buddy, your classmates are resources. Professors within the department have also been valuable mentors to me. I worked closely with my academic advisor and met with my career advisor multiple times whenever I was feeling lost or overwhelmed.

I think there’s a myth perpetuated that health science majors don’t have time for non-STEM interests and college experiences. As someone that has studied abroad, completed a non-STEM minor, participated in Greek life, worked on-campus jobs, and was an active member in multiple cultural clubs, I can confidently say that being a health science student does not mean your whole life must be dedicated to perpetually studying. Manage your time, map out your 4-year plan (even if it’s just a rough draft), find your balance, and don’t fall into the pitfalls of missing out on amazing experiences because you spent all of college obsessing over your transcript.

I’ve loved my time as a Crean student and I feel so lucky to have found such a great community at Chapman.