Natacha Jean-Louis's dream of becoming a doctor is now within reach, and she credits the world of opportunities offered at the University at Albany.
As a participant in the student support programs Project Excel and CSTEP, Jean-Louis first experienced the benefits of UAlbany's forward-looking vision. Both programs nurture student success through a range of services. CSTEP particularly encourages talented students to pursue careers in science and technology.
These programs got her off to a successful start at UAlbany while helping her grow as a person, she said.
She took advantage of UAlbany's strategic location and volunteered at Albany Medical Center. She gained valuable scientific experience by participating in UAlbany's Summer Research Program, where she received hands-on training in life-enhancing research and worked with a mentor at Stratton VA Medical Center.
She was also a peer mentor for two years and tutored chemistry for three, all of which enhanced her communications skills and further prepared her for her future, Jean-Louis said.
Along with her awards and degree, she took something else with her when she graduated in May 2008 - the sense that the world, including a career in medicine, is within her reach.
"My time at UAlbany really made me realize what I'm capable of," said Jean-Louis, who planned to attend SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.