Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Alan Wang (CAS ’14) on his Experiences as a Medical Student During the COVID Pandemic

Alan WangWhat was your experience as an NYU student? 

I loved my experience as an NYU student. I was a college student not only in one of the best cities in the world, but also at one of the best universities. I’m originally from NYC, so I was super close to home. I could easily visit after class and on weekends. Plus, being in NYC, I had endless opportunities at my doorstep. 

I remember going to the Skirball Center for my general chemistry lectures with 700+ other students. I had attended a small high school in Chelsea, so I was initially intimidated by the size of the class. But I quickly made pre-med friends and found out that Professor John Halpin, my gen chem instructor, was an amazing lecturer. He was very thorough and made difficult concepts easy to understand. That class quickly became one of my favorites and ultimately made me decide to become a chemistry major. It’s crazy to think now how my medical education started and how far I have come since then.

At one of my residency interviews, the faculty interviewer had also been a student of Professor Halpin, and we were able to reminisce about our experiences as pre-meds at NYU. The long days in organic chemistry and physical chemistry labs were not fun, neither were the sleepless nights writing up those lab reports. My roommates would be out partying on a Friday night, while I would be in my dorm room studying. But I’m sure all the pre-meds out there can relate to this kind of lifestyle. I’m definitely grateful for my NYU experience and education, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Alan Wang: his story continues