Ryan Fallon

Hometown: South Berwick, ME
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
College: College of Science

What was you favorite Honors class?

My favorite Honors Class at Northeastern was a course I took during my very first semester on campus. “New Strategies in the Fight Against Cancer,” taught by Lee Makowski, threw me head-first into biochemistry and medical literature. We examined the root causes of cancer and read the most recent papers published on the disease’s mechanisms and possible treatments. It was a rigorous course to start college with, but it set the tone for an intellectually challenging career at Northeastern and planted the seeds for my interest in medical school.

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

I’ve had some amazing experiences at Northeastern. The Honors Program helped lay the foundation. I met some of my closest friends on day one, during Honors Welcome Week. Later, I became an Honors Mentor and Ambassador, leading discussion groups with freshman and talking with prospective students on Welcome Days. These experiences helped develop my leadership skills, which became invaluable when I joined WRBB 104.9 FM, Northeastern’s student radio station. I was fortunate to spend 3 years at WRBB as lead men’s hockey broadcaster and Sports Director. I’ve had incredible opportunities abroad, as well. I’ve taken dialogues to Rome and Buenos Aires, with classes in language and culture. In Buenos Aires, I lived with a host family that only spoke Spanish, forcing me to improve my language skills fast. We were also able to travel to Patagonia, where we hiked on the famous glaciers. I was even able to take a full semester at University College Dublin, where I took a first-year medical school anatomy course. Lastly, my final co-op has had a huge impact on my post-graduation direction. I’ve worked in clinical research with the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine Service. I’ve been able to shadow in clinic and the operating room, help conduct biomechanical studies, and present research at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This experience has convinced me to apply to medical school.

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

The most memorable part of my Honors experience was the dialogue to Rome I took during the summer after my freshman year. It was the first time I had traveled to Europe and it was an unbelievable month. Our group took two classes. One was in Italian language, while the other examined the sociology of Rome and Italy. This course covered everything: architecture, city planning, art, politics, history, and food. We visited Florence and the ancient village of Herculaneum. We trekked to the top of Mt. Vesuvius and enjoyed a slow food, homemade meal on the way down. We visited L’Aquila, an Italian city ravaged by an earthquake in 2009, to examine the government’s emergency response and rebuilding efforts. These types of trips were my favorite part of the dialogue – we were able to do and see things that were far beyond a typical study abroad experience. I came back to Northeastern with great memories and great friends, some of whom I’ve stayed close with throughout college.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

I’m currently focused on applying to medical school for 2017, but for next year, I will pursue a clinical research position in Boston.