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Mackenzie Del Pape, 2015, San Mateo, CA
Health Policy and Management major

del-pape.jpgWhy did you choose Providence College?

I chose to attend Providence College because of several reasons, but ultimately decided to go to experience something completely new for only four years. I thought it would be the perfect time in my life to be exposed to new places, people, and opportunities that I was not familiar with living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What has been your favorite academic experience at PC so far?

My favorite academic experience so far has been trying out classes for three semesters to discover what I want to major in. I am happy I came to this school undeclared because it allowed me to take the opportunity to experiment with different classes to see where I fit. The experience of trying a wide range of courses really taught me that it is important to give all types of classes a chance, even if it is a subject that you think will not interest you. I ended up taking a social work class the second semester of my freshman year and loved it. The course was able to expose me to a field that I barely knew existed along with connecting me to a great professor. This discovery of new classes has also helped me decide on becoming a Health Policy and Management major with a Business Studies certificate. I realized that I really enjoyed the business side of health care and my advisor pointed me in the right direction. After college, I will look for a big opportunity to make a change in the American healthcare system. I would love to be in management in a hospital.

Why do you think that PC could be a good fit for students from California or the West Coast?

I think PC could be a perfect fit for students from California or the West Coast because it gives each student so many new opportunities and experiences. It has taught me to be independent and motivated without the comfort of my home and family. I like who I have become at PC only in these first two years. Having no friends or family on the East Coast, I have created countless relationships that will be strong for a very long time. It is challenging at first to find your bearings and figure out how the whole “college” thing works, but eventually being far away does not hold a significant weight in your thoughts.

Is there anything you’d like students from farther away who are considering PC to know?

One thing I am glad someone told me when I was deciding to become a Friar was to have confidence to leave my comfort zone of San Francisco and try something new. I did this and I have no regrets. I have found plenty of opportunities and have done a lot of networking to a point that I definitely feel comfortable. The transformation can be difficult at first because traveling over 3,000 miles brings its challenges, but stick with it and take advantage of all the wonderful things happening on campus and you’ll soon feel right at home. It’s worth it.

What has been your favorite academic experience so far?

My favorite academic experience so far has been trying out classes for three semesters to discover what I want to major in. I am happy I came to this school undeclared because it allowed me to take the opportunity to experiment with different classes to see where I fit. The experience of trying a wide range of courses really taught me that it is important to give all types of classes a chance, even if it is a subject that you think will not interest you. I ended up taking a social work class the second semester of my freshman year and loved it. The course was able to expose me to a field that I barely knew existed along with connecting me to a great professor. This discovery of new classes has also helped me decide on becoming a Health Policy and Management major with a Business Studies certificate. I realized that I really enjoyed the business side of health care and my advisor pointed me in the right direction. After college, I will look for a big opportunity to make a change in the American healthcare system. I would love to be in management in a hospital.

What is your favorite part of campus life?

My favorite non-academic experience so far has been the camaraderie I’ve found at all sporting events at Providence College. I love going to the basketball games at the Dunk, rugby games in the fall, and soccer games on Glay Field. Coming together with friends to watch sports games on the weekends are a great way to show school spirit and watch your fellow classmates compete.

What have you gained from the liberal arts education here at PC?

Without graduating yet, I can already tell that the liberal arts education I am receiving at Providence College is benefitting me. It is helping me become a more well-rounded individual by exposing me to many different subjects. The liberal arts education has also given me the opportunity to declare Health Policy and Management with a Business Studies certificate, which is a broad topic. Most undergraduate programs do not offer unique majors in health and most students have to major in biology to enter into the field.

Why do you think that PC could be a good fit for students from California or the West Coast?

I think PC could be a perfect fit for students from California or the West Coast because it gives each student so many new opportunities and experiences. It has taught me to be independent and motivated without the comfort of my home and family. I like who I have become at PC only in these first two years. Having no friends or family on the East Coast, I have created countless relationships that will be strong for a very long time. It is challenging at first to find your bearings and figure out how the whole “college” thing works, but eventually being far away does not hold a significant weight in your thoughts.

If you had to sum up Providence College in one sentence, what would it be?

Providence College is a challenging place where the student’s grow to be independent, intellectual thinkers to prepare them for the future.

What activities are you involved in at PC?

I am currently involved in the HPM (Health Policy and Management) Club on campus. I think it is really important to join clubs that interest you and I love the new opportunities the HPM club brings to the group. There are various opportunities to get involved throughout the year especially when the club offers panel nights with alumni or mock interviews.

How are you preparing for life after college?

As a sophomore at PC, I’ve learned quickly that while living alone you must be very proactive in order to accomplish your goals. Living so far away has taught me to utilize all resources on campus in order to achieve something. Most recently I have been taking advantage of Career Services to search for summer internship opportunities. They held a helpful networking night this month, which brought in several alumni to meet with. During the many events throughout the year, students are given the chance to gain confidence and practice for an upcoming significant interview. I find events like this really important for students to take advantage of because the four years here seems to be going very quickly already.

What is your favorite spot in the city of Providence?

My two favorite spots in the city of Providence are LaSalle Bakery and Thayer Street. LaSalle is a great bakery a few blocks away from campus that is easy to walk to with friends on a Sunday morning. They have amazing breakfast sandwiches and delicious coffee. Thayer Street is further away near Brown University’s campus but only a short shuttle ride. They have great shopping and unique restaurants that are fun for something different during the week.

Is there anything you’d like students from farther away who are considering PC to know?

One thing I am glad someone told me when I was deciding to become a Friar was to have confidence to leave my comfort zone of San Francisco and try something new. I did this and I have no regrets. I did not know one person on this coast and I have found plenty of opportunities and have done a lot of networking to a point that I definitely feel comfortable. I don’t feel alone and that could take some time but I definitely believe that it is worth it. The transformation can be difficult at first because traveling over 3,000 miles brings its challenges but stick with it and take advantage of all the wonderful things happening on campus and you’ll soon feel right at home.

 

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