Alumni Spotlight (2020)
My name is Seda Shirinian, and I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Human Biology & Society. I attended Norco College as a dual enrollment high school student starting in 2016. Once I graduated from JFK Middle College High School in 2017, I continued to attend Norco College for one year before transferring to UCLA in September of 2018. I obtained an Associate’s degree in Math & Science and Social & Behavioral Studies. At Norco College, I was involved in the Honors program and the STEM Scholars program. Also, I worked as a STEM Center Student Assistant, and I served as a School of STEM peer mentor. I am thankful for the opportunity to have grown academically as a student at Norco College. In 2018, I transferred to UCLA and was awarded the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program Scholarship for successful completion of the Honors program at Norco College. Outside of the classroom, I volunteer on the geriatric floor of Santa Monica Hospital where I provide individualized companionship to older patients while they are hospitalized. Over the past year, I have worked as a research intern under the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Cedars-Sinai. Currently in this role, I help analyze effectiveness of clinical health alerts on the prescription of Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, by comparing trends of prescription for departments and providers. I also serve as a peer mentor for community college students in the LA area through the Center for Community College Partnerships program where I help students navigate the transfer process by developing workshops, holding advising appointments, and mentoring throughout the transition from community college to university. After graduation, I plan to enroll in a graduate program related to the Biomedical Sciences with a long-term goal of attending medical school.
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