Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Christina Rice

Posted: August 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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What year did you graduate?
2007
What was your major?
Biology/Pre-Med
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What are you currently doing?
Fourth year medical student at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a scholarship program for minority students in the basic sciences, math, computer science, and engineering. Also, it encourages its students to pursue graduate and professional school.

How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
Besides slightly less loans to pay back, DNIMAS allowed me to go to a school where I was challenged and motivated to not just pass, but excel. In DNIMAS, we’re surrounded by like-minded people, and we push each other to reach our goals. We all want to see each other succeed. I met some of my best friends in the DNIMAS program, and we’re all chasing and close to catching our dreams (med school, dental school, research).
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes!!!
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?

Hanging out in The Square in front of Lee Smith. All the other times we hung out together (room parties, sweatboxes, frat parties, 2am Taco Bell runs, etc, etc, etc).
What did you least like about DNIMAS?

New changes every semester. The changes themselves were probably for the better, but some forewarning and/or consistency would have been nice.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I’m not sure that I would be as strong a person, academically or emotionally, if I had not gone through the DNIMAS program. Without the academic requirements of the program, I don’t think that I would have been as motivated to make the most of my college opportunity.
How did DNIMAS help you other than academically/professionally?
Besides the best roommate ever? I adopted the attitude that we’re all in this together. We were all very supportive of each other, as opposed to being really competitive. I’m still this way, and prefer that we all make it to the finish line.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Spartan Calvary, Biology/Chemistry tutor, Spring Fashion Show my freshman year, I was Miss Blue and White (Phi Beta Sigma) my senior year.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?

Enjoy the college years. Study and keep the GPA up, but also get out and have fun. Those four years will encompass the most freedom you’ll ever have. I consider my years at NSU as “the good ol’ days” when I was young and carefree.