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Success Story Q&A – Hutchinson and students

Interview with Mentor Susan Hutchinson, M.D.

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to become a mentor in the Bio Sci Mentor Program, and how long have you been involved?
    I was asked to become a Mentor by Marlene Godoy, D.D.S and I decided to since I was not locked into a major time commitment with the Mentor Program. I have been a Mentor for four years.
  2. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of being a mentor?
    Getting caught up in the enthusiasm and dreams of the Mentees.
  3. Bio Sci: Tell us one of your favorite Mentor Program memories/experiences.
    Meeting one of my future Mentees while getting a pedicure at Lovely Nails on campus.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other Bio Sci alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming a mentor?
    That it is very rewarding and not a major time commitment.
  5. Bio Sci: What advice would you give to Bio Sci students that may be interested in the program?
    Take advantage of this wonderful program!

Interview with Student Lesley Martinez

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign up for the Bio Sci Mentor Program?
    I heard about the program from the e-mails. I decided to do it because it sounded like it would be a wonderful opportunity to know about different areas of medicine and know how the life of a doctor is.
  2. Bio Sci: How has the Mentor Program influenced or helped you?
    Dr. Hutchinson allowed me to visit her clinic and listen as she talks to her patients. I really like the fact that she listened to her patients carefully, caring for every single detail that they told her. I would like to be like her with my patients when I become a doctor.
  3. What has been the most enjoyable part of being in the Mentor Program?
    Dr. Hutchinson is always willing to help us. I really liked her enthusiasm and the fact that she is always looking for opportunities for every one of her mentees.
  4. What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
    I really recommend participating in this program because it helps you to explore different areas of medicine and lets you know more about how the life of a doctor is.
  5. Is there anything you’d like to say to alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming mentors?
    Please become a mentor so that other people like me would learn more about medicine and be really passionate about your job like Dr. Hutchinson is.

Interview with Student Thuy-Chung Nguyen

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign up for the Bio Sci Mentor Program?
    UCI has many great resources for it’s students and the Bio Sci Mentor Program is a prefect example of one. When I first learned of the program, I thought it would wonderful opportunity to explore and get a better idea of what I might want to do with my Bio degree. A mentor would be a great person to guide, give advice, and support me so that I can achieve my goal.
  2. Bio Sci: How has the Mentor Program influenced or helped you?
    It’s given me a better idea of what I will be getting myself into in terms of my choice of career. I know that I want to become a doctor one day, but aside from the dreaded MCAT, the impossible grades to you need to get into a good medical school, and the sacrifice of practically 10 years of my life, I know nothing about becoming a doctor nor what the responsibilities of taking care of a patient is really like. After spending sometime with Dr. Hutchinson at her practice, I now know that I won’t be questioning my choice of career half way through medical school. Dr. Hutchinson has made sure that I know all the aspects of being a doctor, both the patient interaction and the headaches of dealing with paperwork.
  3. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?
    I would say meeting with my mentor and getting to know her as a person. The mentors of the Bio Sci are wonderful individuals who are very knowledgeable in their profession as well as life in general. Hanging out with her is always fun, whether we talk about what’s it’s like being a doctor or random things that has nothing to do with school or jobs.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
    The Mentor Program has a wide variety of mentors from different careers with a biology degree. If you don’t know what you are going to do with your Bio degree after college (and even if you do), the Mentor Program is like a behind-the-scene exclusive of the profession in which you want (or think that you want) to go. But as with anything, what you get is what you put into it. The mentors are all wonderful people. They love what they do and are great at it. They don’t bite, and most importantly, they’ll be an invaluable addition to your support group.
  5. Bio Sci: Is there anything you’d like to say to alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming mentors?
    Don’t hesitate!
    * I don’t know how to answer the last question. Being a mentor, to me, doesn’t seem like a job, but rather an opportunity to share with an eager mind what you love to do.