Coming into college, any student would appreciate all the help and support they can get. They find it in their family, friends and sometimes even in clubs they are involved in. For students who are thinking about careers in health, a recently revamped club may catch their eye.
Gonzaga University’s Health Science Club (HSC) has felt the need to better support its members.
“Basically, this club is to provide opportunities for students that they normally wouldn’t get to do,” sophomore Jared DeBruin, incoming professional relations committee chair said. “It’ll be kind of a challenge getting thrown into it. But it’ll be really fun.”
The main focus of the club is to transform itself into a community, not just an email list.
“The best thing about revamping the club, in my opinion, is that we really can take something so structured and turn it into a personalized, more accessible club,” sophomore Melina Monlux, who will be vice president in the fall, said. “It would be nice to create a culture where students feel more like actual members of HSC rather than just seeing themselves as being on our email list. It's really exciting that we have the chance to make this our own and tailor it more toward GU’s mission in particular so that it really fits our personal values and how we want to engage with our peers and the broader community.”
A key aspect is the mentorship program that will group together upperclassmen and lowerclassmen, with the upperclassmen being trained to educate and give advice to the underclassmen.
“Perhaps you want to go to med school and you gotta take the MCAT,” DeBruin said. “It’s tough to do that yourself. A mentor gives you tips and tricks to help you go about it. I’m really looking forward to that.”
The club has already had successful speakers and events for their members, and will continue to offer these opportunities.
“My favorite event still has to be the UW student panel that was held last year,” Monlux said. “It was such a comfort to hear from real students and to understand that all paths to medicine are different and equally valid.”
Although he did not get to attend, DeBruin spoke of an opportunity the club had, in which the army came by to discuss their line of work, and also taught the attendees how to suture.
To get the club members involved in events such as panels or speakers, there will be a larger social media presence surfacing online for the benefit of the members.
“We try to advertise a lot, but I really want to make sure that there is no confusion about dates or times,” DeBruin said.
For the success of the club, Monlux also agreed that communication was key.
“We really need to work on our communication, both within the executive board and with our members,” Monlux said. “I think a good way to strengthen this, however, is to work on getting a more cohesive vision together of what HSC is, and to promote club membership and the feeling of camaraderie that comes with that.”