Carl Palad

Hometown: Saddle Brook, NJ
Major: Biology / Minor in Sociology
College: College of Science

What was you favorite Honors class?

My favorite class was Prevention Science taught by Professor Emily Mann, which I took in the Fall of 2013 to fulfill my Honors Interdisciplinary seminar requirement. I found this course to be insightful and pivotal in my decision to minor in sociology. Professor Mann was very competent in prevention science and organized interactive discussions between the students and her. This teaching design definitely helped me improve my understanding of prevention science, which is a discipline that focuses on applying innovative methods to prevent issues found in human interactions and nature. For example, we aimed to design better teaching methods that can decrease the high dropout rates for children living in underserved regions. Through this course, I became more aware of the various socioeconomic and health disparities in the U.S. I hope to expand what I’ve learned in Prevention Science within the public health discipline.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

The science and sociology courses I have taken have directed me to pursue a career in medicine and be an integral advocate for improving public health. In addition to my academic experiences, I equally credit my experience with Barkada, Northeastern’s Filipino student organization, as a positive contribution in shaping who I am as a graduating senior. Since my first year at Northeastern, I joined Barkada to get in touch with my Filipino culture. Through Barkada, not only have I gained a better understanding of the Filipino heritage, but I have also engaged myself with the entire Asian community at Northeastern through focus groups discussing with members of other Asian student clubs about the various sociocultural issues affecting minorities today and the lack of societal awareness of such issues in America. By interacting with students from different backgrounds and beliefs, I learned to engage with a community outside of science and medicine, and sympathize with those students about the social issues that Asian-Americans still face. The close-knit community between Barkada and the other groups has helped me personally grow to be more tolerant and passionate in social justice for minorities.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

I applied to the Honors Program at the beginning of my second semester at Northeastern. During this time, I joined other first-years in the Honors Spring semester retreat, IMPROV-ing your Leadership, featuring IMPROV Boston. This retreat helped ease my transition to the Honors program, as I got to befriend other first-year students who I still remain close to. Additionally, the research opportunities provided by the Honors Program have allowed me to participate in two Directed Study projects at the DNA Damage Recognition & Tolerance Lab. These experiences were definitely important aspects that made my time with the Honors Program enjoyable.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

After graduating in Fall of 2016, I spent the Spring semester at home in New Jersey, volunteering full-time as a Delirium prevention bedside companion to elderly patients at Overlook Medical Center (Summit, NJ). This August 2017, I will matriculating to medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY!