Three Days into College

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Today is Monday – day of the Great American Eclipse. Notre Dame had an awesome weekend planned out for the class of 2021 and I had a great time. I arrived at South Bend, Indiana Friday a little past noon. I was really excited to get to start a new chapter of my life, yet, naturally, I was anxious and nervous about what the future would hold. The University had several activities planned out for us, which included the official welcome, a cookout inside the Notre Dame football stadium, ice skating, and many dorm festivities. Most universities have their own type of welcome weekends and I’d like to think that each do a great job of getting you prepared for the stress ahead. Welcome weekends definitely help get your mind off the fact that you’ll be away from home, but more importantly they help you build friendships at your college. My classes start tomorrow, and I don’t even have a backpack, book, notebook, or any type of school supply. I don’t think it will matter much because I’m told that the first week of college always consists of syllabus readings. I still can’t even believe I am already in college.… Continue reading

BISLE Students Conduct Cross-border Community Service


For the third year, SEAHEC hosted the Binational Interprofessional Service Learning (BISLE) internship. A collaboration between SEAHEC,  the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH,) and community partners, BISLE brought together 29 students from Arizona and Mexico to work in interprofessional-binational teams to learn what it takes to address community health issues collaboratively.  Each team was assigned to work at various sites in and around the sister cities of “Ambos Nogales” – Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. The goal of Interprofessional Service Learning is for students to work together across disciplines, creating a learning experience that fosters diverse professional perspectives. What’s most unique about BISLE’s approach to training health care providers is that students not only work across disciplines, but across borders. It is a strategy that helps students develop skills and qualities valued in both U.S. and Mexican health systems. This year’s students represented fields including medical, public health, veterinary, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology and education.   Participating students from the US represented the University of Arizona (UA) colleges of public health, medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. Students from Mexico represented two of Mexico’s largest private universities, Universidad Vizcaya de las Americas (UVA) and… Continue reading