At this time about two years ago, I had made my decision to go to USC. At the time, I thought that because I lived in Northern California and USC was going to be only a 45 minute flight away, I would come home often and keep in touch with family and friends.

2 years later, I realize I have not been home for more than four days at a time since I left after high school. Every spring or winter break, I have been blessed with opportunities like travelling to Honduras or doing Preceptorship Programs at hospitals. Last summer, I stayed at USC to take PHYS 152 course and conduct research. For the first time in 2 years, I am finally home bound. I was beyond lucky that my summer plans allow me to live at home for the next 3 months.

This summer, I will be interning at Abbott, a Biomedical Engineering company. I will be working in their Hematology Department on diagnostic products. I was recently assigned an “Engineering Intern” position at their Santa Clara branch (North California!). I know little of what my daily work schedule will be like, but I have been in contact with my boss who seems very excited to start with me on my project. ┬áMy internship will start May 14, 8 hours a day for 12 weeks.

As I intern here, with the other “free” time I have, I will be preparing for the MCATs. I hope to take the exam at the end of August before I come back to start junior year.

This will be a work intensive summer and I hope that it pays off. Wish me luck as I start studying for my finals for the next couple weeks and then go home to start my internship and MCAT cramming! Hopefully, staying at home with my family and high school friends will take off the stress. Looking forward to home cooked food more than anything else right now!