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Meet Amanda Rosen, Meghan O’Reilly, and Felicia Castriota, three seniors at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. These housemates will all be graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Biology of Global Health. Miss Millennia Magazine got the scoop from these ambitious graduates on their college experiences, their plans for the future, and their secrets for success!
Miss Millennia Magazine: What are your plans for next fall?
Amanda Rosen: I will be attending medical school at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and I cannot wait! Meghan O’Reilly: I am continuing school and getting a second bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I’ll actually be starting immediately after graduation and I’ll finish next May.
Felicia Castriota: I am planning on pursuing a masters in public health at Columbia University in New York City. My degree will be in epidemiology, with a concentration in public health. While I’m still undecided whether I plan to pursue the academic (PhD) or more policy-based route (law school), I am looking forward to this new chapter in my academic pursuits!
MMM: What is your favorite college memory?
AR: I’m lucky enough to have so many amazing college memories, but some of my best memories are of long nights dancing at The Tombs (the local bar) with my friends and getting late-night pizza after.
MO: During my junior year, two groups of my friends started to blend together and we started a tradition of having “family dinners,” where the girls or the boys would take turns cooking, and the others would supply the ample amounts of wine. Somehow we’ve managed to make the dinners even more frequent this year!
FC: Funny to think how we spend so much time being preoccupied with internships and grades, but ultimately, it’s time spent with friends over a late night pizza that stays with us most.
MMM: What part of post-grad life are you most excited for?
AR: I’m really excited to move to Chicago: I love cities and exploring new places!
MO: I’m really excited to explore a new city! I’m moving to Philadelphia, which is where I’m from, but I’ve never lived in the city before so I’m excited to get a new perspective on it.
FC: Ultimately, for me it’s all about being able to have new interesting experiences, even if these may seem outside or out of the so called “comfort zone.” I’m hoping to be a life-long learner.
MMM: What is the scariest part about graduating?
AR: The scariest part about graduating is that my friends are scattering around the country. I’ve gotten quite used to having such an amazing group of people within walking distance. I know that I’ll keep in contact with some people, but distance makes it hard sometimes, and there are people that I know I’ll lose touch with that I’ll miss dearly.
MO: I’m also nervous that I will lose touch with my friends from college. We’re all splitting up across different cities and I worry that we will become too busy to keep track of each other’s lives.
FC: College has become such a safe learning environment where I have comfortably settled into campus life. It will definitely be a challenge moving to a brand new city far away from friends, in a new apartment and adjusting to a new way of life. While I consider myself blessed for the opportunities I have been given, I will definitely miss the safety and comfort that the college campus provides.
MMM: What is you number one tip for someone about to start their college experience?
AR: Plan ahead! Everyone likes to tell you how much time you have (to choose a major, to find an internship, to get a job), but unfortunately that’s not really true. If you want to go abroad, start looking into it your freshman year: it may affect your sophomore year courses! If you want an internship for the summer, start looking in December/January. The earlier the better, for almost everything. You’ll be thankful you looked ahead!
MO: Sign up for every organization you think sounds interesting (you can always quit). I waited until my sophomore year to start getting involved, and I wish I hadn’t because so many of the people I know made their best friends through clubs and organizations or had their most meaningful experiences through them.
FC: Don’t worry too much about what people may think of you. At the end of the day, this isn’t high school. No one’s judging; and if they are, well, they are certainly not someone you want to spend your time with. Pursue activities and courses that you find interesting, and you’ll be sure to find your niche.
MMM:Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
AR: In 10 years, I hope to be practicing medicine in New York City. I see myself in some sort of really cool apartment with photography on the walls and dishes from Anthropologie. And of course, I’ll have a dog.
MO: In ten years I hope to be working as a Nurse Practitioner (I’m not sure in what area exactly. Maybe midwifery!) and starting a family.
FC: In 10 years I hope to be working for a government agency (such as the World Health Organization or the UN) and be working in collaboration with other experts in my field in developing effective public health models and epidemiological preparedness strategies that aim to safeguard the public’s health, both domestically and abroad. I hope to be able to focus on the simple things in life and not be too carried away by the stress that too often accompanies a busy life