Sara Shu, BS | DO 2021
Who at WesternU has made you feel supported and how?
Ever since day one, the faculty and staff have truly been supportive and encouraging during my transition to medical school. WesternU is a nurturing environment. I learned early on that our professors are very approachable and go out of their way to reach out and help students. I felt comfortable to seek help when I needed it, knowing that everyone is here to help us succeed.
How has your involvement in co-curricular activities (e.g. clubs or student government association) impacted you and/or the community you serve?
I was able to find student organizations that I was particularly passionate about and wanted to be more involved with. Co-curricular activities really put into perspective our medical school education and help to balance the rigors of our curriculum. Whether you want to enrich your OMM knowledge, learn medical Chinese and Spanish, learn more about different specialties and research, or just make music with your classmates, there’s sure to be a club for you. Furthermore, volunteering has introduced me to our surrounding community and the many ways that we can help to make a difference even as medical students-in-training. I was able to mentor high school students, provide health education at senior homes, and volunteer at a number of free health clinics around the community. Every time, I am emboldened with a renewed sense of why I chose to pursue medicine.