Class of 2021 Incoming Student Spotlight: Meghan Neill, M.S. in Cell Systems & Anatomy (Anatomical Sciences Track)
1) Tell me about yourself.
I recently graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in business. Some of my hobbies include traveling, reading, and listening to crime podcasts. I’m looking forward to spending the next two years at UT Health San Antonio!
2) What is your hometown?
I’m from San Antonio, Texas! I’ve lived here for the majority of my life and I love it.
3) Why did you chose UT Health San Antonio?
I visited the campus when I participated in the Perry Initiative in 2017 and again during a campus tour with my undergraduate Pre-Health Professions club, and just fell in love with it. The location is ideal for me, the campus is gorgeous, and the people on campus were always extremely helpful and friendly so it felt like the perfect fit. I also really like how immersed UT Health is in community outreach. San Antonio is an amazing city, and I love to get involved whenever I can. I’m excited to participate in community service alongside a program and university that I love.
4) What drew you to your program?
I was drawn to the Cell Systems & Anatomy program in the anatomical track for a few reasons. I was particularly impressed by the full cadaveric dissection opportunity, which was unique to UT Health. Additionally, I appreciate that this program offers two tracks, each tailored more specifically to the student’s end-goals. I am specifically drawn to the anatomical track because it prepares students to enter medical or dental schools, challenges educational gaps in science, and includes a more in-depth focus of human gross anatomy- these are very crucial and unique factors that made this program stand out to me amongst all others.
5) What are your career goals?
My undergraduate study exposed me to the chemistry side of the life sciences, and now I’d like to connect that to the anatomical sciences. I’m interested in embryology and development, as well as stem cell research and I am excited to learn more about the career opportunities in these areas. I am planning on either delving into these specific interests, or attending medical school after graduation.