Alumni Spotlight "Ansen Steiner"

Please tell us about what you have done since you graduated?

After completing my M.A. I decided to go back to school in 2009 to complete the pre-requisite courses needed to apply for medical school. I spent the next 6 years completing these courses, taking the MCAT and after a few interviews with various schools gained acceptance into St. George's University School of Medicine. I am now completing my first year of medical training in term 2.

Is there anything else you would like future generations of students to know about your time in the Asian Studies program at FIU?

My degree path has been considered untraditional from the very beginning, but I loved what I was studying and whom I was granted time to study from. My original passion was to work in higher education and although that did not happen, there is not a day that goes by that I do not use the skills and knowledge I acquired through the Asian Studies BA and MA programs. I thought that I would stay in academia and that I would be able to directly utilize my degrees to teach that content, but I did not know that having those degrees would open doors in ways that I could not calculate. Every job interview, school interview, and conversation was greatly enhanced by my focus of study so although untraditional, my education has given me great opportunities that I could not have foreseen.

In January of 2016 Ansen began school at St. George's University School of Medicine where he is now in his second year.

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