ISP - Pre-Med Student
Kulwa Apara is a pre-med student enrolled in eight of the Integrated Science Program weekend college accelerated classes, including General Chemistry 1, General Chemistry 2, Organic Chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry 2, Physics 1, Physics 2, Biology 1, and Biology 2.
Kulwa commutes from the San Francisco Bay Area to Whittier, CA every weekend with no regret... she also is happy to be able to learn and love Chemistry for the first time after having a previous bad experience...
"A lot of people let themselves be discouraged based off of their age. Like, 'Oh, well, I'm too old, blah, blah, blah.' Just stop. Time is going to pass regardless. If it's your dream, pursue it. Don't make excuses. Just do it."
Please watch what Kulwa Apara has to say about the pre-med student program:
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Kulwa Apara, Pre-Med Student, Video Transcript:
I graduated. Then I was taking some classes at a JC trying to do my pre-med classes at a JC while working and taking classes at night. It was very tiring. I work with youth, and youth, especially urban young people, they need a lot of energy. So I would come home tired and I'd have to go straight to school at night. It just became so overwhelming and I was just at this point where I felt this is not working. How am I going to get into medical school? My dream, I wanted it more and more and more, but it just kept feeling like it was just going further and further from me.
One night late, like 1:00 in the morning, I'm online and I saw the ISP program. It was on the weekends and it said that it was specifically geared towards working adults, which I am. I don't have the luxury to forfeit working; I have to work. It was in southern California and I live in the San Francisco bay area. So I was like, “Wow, how am I going to do this? Am I going to move to SoCal, get a job there and do the program? Or am I going to stay here and try and do the program?”
Every Friday I catch the Greyhound down here to southern California. I commute 3,500 miles a month for every class and it is worth every mile. I don't regret one night that I've slept on the Greyhound. It's so worth it. For my first four classes, I had the most amazing chemistry and organic chemistry professor that just opened my eyes to a subject that has given me just grief. This professor was able to convey it in such an amazing way that, now, I'm utterly intrigued with chemistry and organic chemistry and I'm like, “Whoa, this rocks.” Not to say that it didn't give me a headache and not to say that I wasn't stressed out, but to be stressed but still be intrigued with the subject matter, it's an opportunity that many of us don't get. So I feel really happy with my decision.
The online aspect of ISP is very important, especially for someone like me who's commuting 350 milesâ€“well, 700 miles a weekend, because I don't have access to the professors like some of the other students. So the notes are always posted for a lot of my classes, not all but some of the classes, and the reviewâ€“there'll be a review for the quiz or for the final exam. Resources are also posted online.
A lot of people let themselves be discouraged based off of their age. Like, “Oh, well, I'm too old, blah, blah, blah.” Just stop. Time is going to pass regardless. If it's your dream, pursue it. Don't make excuses. Just do it.