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Anna Howell
BA Psychology and Spanish
Washington University in St. Louis 2009
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 2016
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
I always knew I wanted to work with people but wasn't exactly sure what path I would take. I declared psychology as my undergraduate major, and loved the topics the diverse classes covered. As a senior, I decided to take my interest in people a step in a different direction, and took a class on contemporary topics in women's health. The two physicians who taught the course, both OB/GYNs, offered us the opportunity to shadow them, and I jumped at the chance. After spending a day in the hospital, I was exposed for the first time to not only the wonders of human birth, but also to the incredibly nurturing relationship that doctors have with their patients. I realized that psychology can be applied to many fields, and this medical one seemed to be a great fit. I continued shadowing this OB/GYN during my senior year in college, and realized that I wouldn't be happy doing anything else with my life.

Why USC?
USC's postbaccalaureate premedical program offered everything I wanted: rigorous coursework, hands-on advising and guidance, world-class professors, and a a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals. It also offered the opportunity to live in Los Angeles and enjoy everything that LA has to offer.

Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
All of the professors that I interacted with at USC were top-notch. My favorite has to be Dr. Bickers, the second semester physics professor. He made far-off and mysterious topics, like the theory of relativity, seem easy and fun.

Experiences with medicine
I started off as a postbacc student solely focusing on coursework because I knew the rigorous sciences would be a drastic change in pace. After the first semester, however, I was ready to dive into any extracurricular opportunity that was offered. My favorite experience in LA was volunteering at Planned Parenthood as a Reproductive Health Assistant. Additionally, I went on two medical aid trips to Honduras for 1 week each, which were incredibly inspiring and exciting trips (not to mention a ton of fun too!). I was also able to really understand the inner workings of a hospital through my time as a Collegiate Medical Volunteer (CMV) at LAC+USC Hospital.

When I'm not studying or volunteering
You can find me running, doing yoga, hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, traveling, or reading.