Going to medical school is something Crystal Winter has had her sights set on for some time, and moving from California to eastern Washington has opened up many opportunities to help her get there.
From joining the pre-med club to tutoring chemistry and volunteering at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Winter has found it much easier to get involved in the community.
“For medical school, you need shadowing, you need volunteer experience and research experience is good,” she said. “Here in Spokane and Cheney, it’s not difficult to find a doctor to shadow. You just have to make a few cold calls and you’ll find them. As opposed to California, there’s just so many people, their answer is usually no.”
Coming from a larger university, building personal relationships with instructors has been much easier for Winter.
“I think a benefit to Eastern is that all of the chemistry professors have an open door policy, if there door’s open, come on in,” she said. “At other universities, the door might be closed and you’d have to schedule an appointment to see them. I came to a class, asked one of my professors a question, and I was walking down the halls like a week later and he asked me if I had gotten my issue resolved. So I was on his mind and he was willing to help me with whatever I needed.”
Outside of school, and as a student living in Spokane, Winter has enjoyed the urban living and the many forms of entertainment the city offers.
“What I really like about Spokane and this area is that you can get anywhere within 20 minutes and be entertained,” she said. “I really like this area because there’s river rafting close by, there’s the Knitting Factory that has awesome shows and there’s Riverfront Park that connects with the Centennial Trail. My friends and I like to go downtown and eat really good food. There’s sushi, Italian food and basically anything you’d want and desire.”