Costa Mesa, CA
University of California, Los Angeles
Small intimate class sizes that facilitate meaningful interaction with professors, early exposure to clinical rotations, unbeatable scholarship availabilities, unique locale that provides a very diverse patient base who present with a wide spectrum of pathologies, outstanding academic reputation with alumni who are leaders in the field, relatively close to home, close proximity to a large number of beautiful scenic locations including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, etcetera that are excellent for weekend getaways. Genuine staff and faculty members who advocate for the podiatry students.
Any advice for prospective students:
Stay on top of the material every day, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! Take some time every day to do something you love. Spend one night a week to take a breath away from school and do something fun. Stay active athletically as much as possible. Ask yourself questions that expand on the material to see if you truly understand the concepts. Get to know all the professors because they are truly an amazing source of knowledge. Always think positively, just do your best and be happy that you gave it your all regardless of the result (nobody can ask for anything more than your best effort). Get to know your upperclassmen, they were just in your shoes and can provide you with priceless tips from their own experiences.
Extracurricular activities outside the classroom:
Hiking/backpacking, indoor soccer, beach volleyball, surfing, Taekwondo, basketball, experimenting with my basic photography skills
In 10 years I see myself:
Practicing podiatry in a beautiful beach town in Southern California, living in a beach house, raising a family with an incredible wife, volunteering a bit of my time every year in a podiatry clinic somewhere in the world, performing meaningful and interesting research, loving life and living in the present
Favorite thing about the Bay Area:
All the opportunities for adventure are within arms reach.