Here’s some background information on our first year students. We asked them what they are looking forward to as they begin training to become Genetic Counselors.
AMANDA graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in Neuroscience. She volunteered at Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, where she offered support and resources for survivors in the emergency room.“I’m excited to be exposed to such diverse groups of people through my clinical and fieldwork placements. I look forward to seeing how my textbook knowledge of genetics plays out in individuals’ lives.“
ANA graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Biology. She volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for Milford Rape Crisis Center in Connecticut.“I’m excited to discover the whole world of genetic counseling. I know GCs are cool, but I’m about to know how cool.”
ANUJA graduated from National University of Singapore with a BS in Life Sciences. She volunteered at Tamahar Trust (Center for Children with Special Needs, India) as part of early intervention program, assisted in yoga, music and movement therapy. She also volunteered with intellectually disabled adults in social and recreational activities.“I am very excited to begin my training to become a genetic counselor here at Brandeis! I am looking forward to my community field placement at the Children’s Hospital Boston Institute for Community Inclusion as this experience would give me a broader understanding of the various aspects of care available for young children with Down syndrome.”
BETHANY graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. She volunteered at the AIDS Action Committee, calling clients living with HIV/AIDS to provide companionship, support, and community referrals. She also volunteered with the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.“I am excited to begin the field placements and meet individuals living with genetic conditions. I think this experience will really enhance the coursework, and I’m eager to consider genetic counseling from the patient perspective!”
GNYAPTI graduated from University of Michigan with a BS in Biology. She volunteered as a crisis counselor at Ozone Hose where she worked with youth struggling with homelessness, family conflict and abuse.
“I am most excited to start interacting and working with patients and my future colleagues. I am also looking forward to working on my thesis and conducting research in the field.”
JEN graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with an MPH and received a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Technical Institute.
She volunteered as a group facilitator for Peace by Piece, a support group for children that are grieving the loss of a loved one.
“I am most looking forward to exploring all the different opportunities within the genetic counseling field.”
JULIE graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Genetics. She volunteered with The Cottage: Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center as well as with Project Safe, a domestic violence shelter and outreach center.
“I am most excited about learning new things both in the classroom and through my rotations. I look forward to working with and learning from all the diverse people and counselors I will meet in the course of my degree.”
MAGGIE graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc in Biochemistry. She volunteered at the Women’s Support Network of York region as a crisis line counsellor for victims of sexual violence.
“I am excited to expand my knowledge, gain valuable clinical experiences, and meet amazing people on my journey towards becoming a genetic counsellor.”
SARAH graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and has a BS in Biochemistry from University of Rochester. She volunteered at Crisis Text Line providing emotional support, guided problem solving and suicide risk assessment via text.
“I think that I am most excited about finally becoming a true member of the amazing community of Genetic Counselors. I cannot wait to learn how to effectively contribute to its many goals, most importantly to the physical and mental well being of so many patients and families.”
TALIA graduated with a BS in Biology from Brandeis University. She volunteered for many years with Special Olympics Equestrian, fundraised with March of Dimes to work towards improving maternal and prenatal health, and have volunteered at Camp Sunshine helping families of children with cancer enjoy a camp-style vacation in Maine.
“I’m most looking forward to begin taking what I learn in the classroom out into the community, and to becoming even more immersed in such an exciting field of science with such a far-reaching impact!