As I mentioned above, bioengineering has really helped me to become an excellent problem solver. My learning theory was always to master basic concepts and apply them to problems, and the curriculum at UC San Diego was very much in line with that--this meant that I was able to get ample practice and that too with extremely interesting bioengineering problems. The ability to problem solve and think critically is crucial in the field of medicine and surgery, so the development of this skill has surely helped me to prepare for my future career.
My favorite classes were surely the ones that required us to apply our knowledge of concepts and facts to real-world problems, because these brought an additional excitement to the assigned tasks--these projects very well mimicked what we could go on to do in industry and showed that we as students had the ability to contribute and actually solve complex, real problems. Here are a few:
All bioengineering professors that I have interacted with have made themselves available for questions and to clear any doubts about the taught material. All of the professors that I have conducted research with have made sure to connect with me regularly and offer my advice/pointers/direction.
The Jacobs Scholars Society is the engineering organization that I am a part of, that helps me stay connected to the campus. I, and a few other Jacobs Scholars, helped to conceive the society as a way to provide an organized way for scholars to plan social events that promote the JSS community, professional development events to help prepare the scholars, and service opportunities to allow the fortunate scholars to give back to the community. I served as VP Internal of the organization.
Overall, I have only good things to say about my time at UCSD and within the Jacobs School. I strongly believe that coming here is the best choice I made! I have been surrounded by motivated, intelligent individuals, eager to help brilliant advisors, and have gotten to experience a thorough curriculum focused on development of essential problem solving skills--this has helped to sculpt me into the person I am and I am sure that all that I have learned will help me in the future.