Loyola University Chicago

Career Development Center

Student Academic Services


Rana Alcheikh

Rana Alcheikh
BS in Biology and a minor in Spanish
Graduation Date:
May 2016

1. What's your current profession?
I am currently a first year medical student at Stritch School of Medicine.

2. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were in school?
When I started college, I was very intimidated by my peers and professors. I was always worried I would not be able to achieve my career goals because college seemed daunting and the career-world very foreign. I wish that someone had told me that I should not waste any time thinking I cannot make it. I wish I knew that both college and life after are not as daunting as they seem. College is a time to establish the skills one needs for the future; it should also be a time when students can learn about who they are and how they can achieve their dreams.

3. How did you use the Career Development Center?
I applied to the Early Assurance Program for acceptance into Stritch. Part of the application process involved interviews and consultations with the CDC. I gained insight into the structure of the interview and the ways I can strengthen my application. I also received advice on the organization and expectations of medical school, so I felt very comfortable and prepared going into the interview. After being accepted, I also looked to the CDC for continuing consultation in regards to the medical school process and Stritch itself. I think the CDC is a wonderful resource for any undergraduate seeking advice in career development.