Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Anand Patel

See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

In today's economy, recent college graduates face fierce competition for jobs and positions in graduate and professional schools. Here are six members of Loyola's Class of 2017 who definitely stand out from the crowd.

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See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

Anand Patel

Major: Biochemistry
Post-graduate plans: Master's in biochemistry

Talk a little about your post-graduation plans and what you’ll be doing.
I’m hoping to complete a master’s in biochemistry at Loyola. In ten to fifteen years’ time, I’d like to work as a physician, teach part time and practice part time, and conduct research in chemical biology.

You’re the only student in the chemistry department to receive a 4.0. What helped you maintain that GPA in such a difficult major?
I think it’s the support team that I had in my life: my family members, my friends, as well as the faculty and my research mentor. As soon as I came here, the transition was pretty difficult, but because of the support I received, in trying to study and adapt, I set up the skills in the very first year that I needed to succeed.

How did Loyola prepare you for your job/Med school?
The collaboration aspect especially: working with others, learning to try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Probably one of the most interesting things here is diversity, because I came from a school with no diversity. Before I started here, I didn’t know what it was like to be with all the different backgrounds and viewpoints, so that experience is key to success to study medicine.

Any advice for students who will be graduating next year?
Time flies when you’re here. So make sure you enjoy every moment of it. Take time outside of class to find things you love to do, and once you find them, stick to them.