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Student Profile: Isabelle Niyonshuti, C'2016

In Her Own Words: Reflections on my ACSEP Summer Experience at Howard University

Isabelle Niyonshuti and Nadege Gitego I am Isabelle Niyonshuti, a rising sophomore at Spelman, and a registered Health Careers Program student.  I spent five weeks this summer at Howard University in the Center of Excellence Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program (COE ACSEP). During this intense program,  I took organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, college calculus, anatomy and physiology, English  and medical terminology courses to  better prepare me for a successful career as a health professional. 

In addition to the program’s courses, I attended labs to learn laboratory techniques that included cell culture.  I developed mentoring relationships and made connections with health professionals and graduate health professional students.

My Spelman sister Nadege Gitego and I both received “The Most Outstanding Student in the Program” awards. This award was a great honor for me because I worked very hard to have a positive impact. 

ACSEP helped me to think of myself as a successful health professional who makes a difference through success and hard work.   I am looking forward to using the skills I received from ACSEP as I take future professional school exams such as the  MCAT.  I am also focused and eager to work harder in order to become an anatomic pathologist. My ultimate goal is to help my community successfully combat serious diseases like cancer.

The Center of Excellence program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist designated health profession schools and other public and non-profit, or educational institutions strengthen the national capacity to produce a culturally competent healthcare workforce, whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population.

The Center of Excellence Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program  is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University.