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Omar Abdullahi

What are you planning to do next year and what do you plan to be doing five years from now?

I will be working as a Medical Scribe at Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital. I will also be working as a medical translator for a part-time job. In June I will be applying to medical school and in five years I am planning to graduate from medical school and start residency. 

How have your vocational/career goals evolved during your time at CSB/SJU?

I came to St. John's not knowing what career path to take, but after taking variety of courses I realized I was most interested in Biology. Through more research and exploration I discovered medicine would be a field that I could use my knowledge in science to make a lasting impact on others. 

Why did you choose Biology as a major and how did you go about choosing the 300-level Biology courses that you took?

I have always had an interest in the sciences and a curiosity for human biology, so being a biology major was a logical choice.  While choosing which 300-level courses to take, I usually read the description and just see if I am interested in the topic.  Basically any course that could be applied in some way to human biology interested me, so I usually chose those courses.

What was the most rewarding experience you had at CSB/SJU (Biology-related or otherwise)?

I had a great time at CSB/SJU for my four years here.  One of my most rewarding experiences at CSB/SJU was working as a member of the St. John's EMT squad.  It was a pleasure working with energetic Johnnies and Bennies while contributing to the CSB/SJU community. 

Do you have any advice for students who are not sure what they want to do after graduation?

A lot of students just apply to graduate school or some kind of professional school after graduation, but there is so much more you could do.  You can take a year off to volunteer, do research, travel, and figure out exactly what you want to do.  So don't rush and keep your options open!

Omar Abdullahi ('13)

Biology Major, History Minor