Lola Adebiyi, Class of 2021
University of Pittsburgh, Film Studies major and Chemistry minor
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND PITT MEDICINE:
I grew up in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas and wanted the opportunity to use my privilege as a student-doctor to serve and learn from my community. The school has a vast variety of opportunities for me to explore specialties and areas of research, as well, while I consider what area of medicine is a fit for me. I also wanted to cherish the time I have with my support system that’s already built in here as I begin my journey in medicine.
DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE AS A MEDICAL STUDENT AT PITT MED:
Other than spending part of the day studying, I stay involved in organizing with our student council and other student groups. I am a mental health representative for my class so I encourage staying in tune with one’s self and others. I also pursue opportunities to shadow, network, and volunteer in many different areas of medicine.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PITT MEDICINE COMMUNITY:
They are creative and diverse, and truly follow their passions. Their ambition is contagious and pushes me to always strive for more.
WHAT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN:
SHARP, Medical Students for Choice, Student National Medical Association
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WITH YOUR SPARE TIME:
I like to explore the arts scene through theatre, concerts, visual art exhibits, film, and museums. I attempt to play tennis and I’m also an avid Orange Theory member!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO PITT MEDICINE:
Be able to talk about patient experiences that stuck with you, why Pitt is for you, and what is unique about your journey.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH:
Being close to home, close friends, and family!
WHAT DID YOU (OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO) DO DURING THE SUMMER AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:
I did the Bridging the Gaps internship, which is a community health internship through the School of Public Health. I also volunteered, traveled, and went to a music festival, and other concerts.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COURSE AT PITT MEDICINE:
It's between anatomy and psychiatry!
ANY FINAL ADVICE FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS:
Learning is not just about studying from your syllabus, you can learn a lot from patients, faculty, physicians, research mentors, and your fellow classmates, and those interactions may stick with you more!