Adriana Perez, MSBS Class of 2019
Hometown: Carbondale, Colorado
Undergraduate Studies: University of Colorado Denver, B.S in Biology
Are you glad you chose RVU MSBS Program and why?
I am very privileged to be able to a part of the MSBS program. This program has not only prepared me academically, it has also helped me develop stronger study habits, become a better learner, and really develop strong time management skills.
What do you like most about RVU MSBS Program?
My favorite thing about RVU are the professors because they are so passionate, so caring, so enthusiastic about their field, and are always available to help. Their energy and passion make going to class fun!
How is the RVU MSBS Program helping you reach your future goals?
The MSBS program has helped me learn how to be a better test-taker, which has always been one of my biggest weaknesses. I have always struggled with doing well on standardized tests like the ACT or the MCAT. This program has helped me identify specific weakness in this area and find different strategies to address those weaknesses.
What are your plans after completing the RVU MSBS Program?
I plan on starting medical school in the fall. (Update: Adriana now attends University of Wisconsin!)
What advice do you have for incoming MSBS students?
This program will be the very challenging, and there will be times in which you doubt yourself or your abilities to get through it. As the program continues, you will see how important the information that you are learning is, and how this program is truly setting you up for a successful healthcare career. The professors and staff here truly care about each and every student, so don’t ever be afraid to ask for help!
How is the fact that the MSBS Program is affiliated with a medical school influenced your education?
This affiliation has provided the space for me to interact with medical students in many different ways. Medical students are always willing to answer questions about RVU, medical school in general, and OPP. Our tutors are also medical students, and they go above and beyond to help us understand the material and to support us through this program in any way that they can.
What is your favorite class currently and why?
My favorite class is the Molecular Basis of Medicine course because we are always being encouraged to think outside the box and challenge what we think we know as students/scientists.