24th Annual Health Professions Fair

By: Kiran Munir

The 24th Annual Health Professions Fair will be hosted on Wednesday, March 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first floor of Birck.  There will be Admission representatives from the professional schools and the military to discuss their specific programs and scholarships.

This health fair is arranged by Alice Sima, Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs at Benedictine University. The goal of this fair is to bring admissions representatives and counselors from professional schools and military services to speak with the current students in one of the pre-professional programs. Students are able to directly interact and get their questions and concerns answered face to face from a variety of schools, like shopping in a mall from the comfort of your home.

This year’s fair is scheduled to have representatives from a variety of professional schools ranging from Megan Barrett from John Hopkins University to Daniel Dicesare from UIC College of Pharmacy to Carlos Fernandez from the American University of Antigua.Ms. Michelle Mosier, the Director of Webmaster and Pre-Professional Coordinator said, “They [representatives] have been coming for years-they are directors and deans of programs and really know what they are talking about.” Furthermore, she was proud to add that, “the representatives are always very excited to come to Benedictine and always leave positive comments about our students being so courteous and genuinely interested.”

Benedictine has an extensive history of fostering a great environment for pre-professional students by helping them prepare to be a successful applicant for the school and choice of profession. Some of the pre-professional programs and career choices at Benedictine include Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Occupational, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinarian. All of these programs are designated as pre-professional because they all require some sort of graduate school designed to grant you a license for that particular chosen field.

The upcoming event will be a great opportunity for students currently in one of the programs or even undecided students to come and ask questions about programs, financial needs, and personal questions related to the chosen profession. The representatives come with pamphlets and other goodies such as key chains, cool pens, and candy. The event is taking place in a broad time frame to ensure that students, who have classes, are able to visit at some point during the course of the day.

Belonging to one of the pre-professional programs and struggling through tough courses, such as Organic Chemistry and Physics is very stressful for students. Although, a significant amount of importance is placed on GPA, there are many other factors taken into account by the admissions deans for any professional school. This event is great for allowing students to pinpoint exactly what other kinds of factors are taken into account when making a decision of accepting an applicant. Being aware of these kinds of factors can play a critical role in helping students rollout a plan of action to be a successful, well-rounded student.