01 | Health Professions Program Trains Future Medical Pros
Future optometrist Julia Tran chose to come to Cal State Fullerton after meeting biology professor Joyce Ono at a college fair.
"[Professor Ono] told me that the biology department has recently [received a grant from] the National Science Foundation [that would fund] more labs to provide the hands-on experience I need for optometry school. She also mentioned that small class sizes would promote learning and interactions with the professors. Her answer ultimately convinced me to attend this university over UCLA - a decision that many people questioned at the time.
"Fortunately, Dr. Ono sold me a product that was true to its label, because my undergraduate experience has been memorable here at Cal State Fullerton. The faculty members are dedicated toward helping students learn and try to make their lectures interactive and stimulating. They also make an effort to know the students by name."
Tran takes courses in biology, chemistry and physics that require a lot from her. "We have a lot more studying and assignments than most other majors, be we must understand how the body works on a molecular level in order to know how to cure the patients," she says.
Tran tutors students, and she especially likes doing research projects and making presentations. "That's when I feel I'm a scientist," she says.