Mark, Class of 2009
I am currently a resident at Temple University Hosptial. During my pre-clinical years at Albany Medical College, my Humanities background started shining through when I began working with patients, and it has continued to help me as I move forward in my career. I have had the opportunity to work with some very special yet very sick people, many of whom are near death. This can be a lonely and difficult time for patients, a time when they need someone to look after them both physically and emotionally. Many of my peers have been uncomfortable in these very intimate and personal situations. However, thinking back to many important discussions I had in my Humanities classes about life, death, love, grief—about the human condition and our place in this world and the cosmos—I have been able to sit down and have some of the conversations with my patients that they desperately needed to have as part of their healing process. Being able to connect with patients on a personal to person level like that, not just through a patient-doctor dynamic, is one of the most important pieces of being a physician and I know that I was prepared for that because of my time spent in the Humanities community at Villanova.
Humanities at Villanova prepares you for life, no matter what field or profession you go into, in ways that you may not expect but are more valuable than you can believe. Whatever you are looking for in your future, I cannot suggest studying the Humanities strongly enough.