Pre-Health at Princeton
You have just completed the long, stressful process of applying to college (and have done so quite successfully – congratulations)! The last thing that we want you to do before you have even begun your freshman year is to start worrying about your application to medical school, but we know you may be excited, eager, maybe a bit anxious about the long road to medicine. Health Professions Advising (HPA) is here to answer questions and to dispel myths, to celebrate victories and to troubleshoot with you when you encounter roadblocks, and to generally be sure that you’re moving in productive directions (there is no single “right” or “wrong” direction – every pre-health student finds their own path through Princeton).
Here are some quick tips to getting started as a premed/pre-health student:
- Bookmark hpa.princeton.edu - our “Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions – Class of 2021” will become your go-to guide for the next few years, and it will be available on the HPA website by late August.
- “Like” Princeton HPA on Facebook for access to news articles, events announcements, and other items of interest.
- Visit the HPA table at the Academic Expo or at course selection in the Friend Center to meet the advisers.
- Attend a Pre-Health Freshman Info Session offered a number of times in the fall in the residential colleges. Keep an eye out for advertisements!
Once we get you registered into the appropriate courses in the fall, focus your energy on honing and using all of the talents that got you to Princeton – intellectual curiosity, problem solving skills, leadership and service interests, and energy and passion – to make a smooth transition. Your habits of mind and qualities of character are what will bring you success when you’re applying to medical or another health professions school.
We look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the coming years!
Kate Fukawa-Connelly, MS, is the Director of Health Professions Advising. She supports the progress of undergraduates and alumni as they develop into future health professionals. She is committed to getting to know all pre-health students holistically, so that she can guide them toward making decisions that will support their academic, personal and professional goals. She has particular expertise working with students who are the first in their families to attend college, and students who come from other backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine. Kate is a Chicago native (go Cubs!), studied Biology and Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis and earned her graduate degree in College Student Personnel at Miami University of Ohio. She is also a nationally ranked Scrabble® expert and plays at the local club in Princeton.
Jessica previously served as an Academic Adviser and Health Professions Adviser at Penn State, and as an instructor at a small career school. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at Bob Jones University. She is especially passionate about working with students from low-income and first generation backgrounds, and students who are interested in exploring the diverse career options within the health professions.