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“If I could turn back time…” Med Times Copyright, All Rights Reserved, 2004-2005

By Erene Mina

We asked seniors, alumni, and professionals what they would do differently or change about their lives if they could. Here’s what they said:

“I would do a lot of things differently in high school, starting with applying myself more so I wouldn't end up in Irvine forever. I would have also gotten more involved in college. I didn't realize, in the beginning, how close the future was. Now that it's almost here, and I am not where I want to be academically, it's harder to accomplish my goals.

--- Ianna Hafft, 21

UCI Senior

Biological Sciences major/ Psychology minor



“I think I would appreciate each stage of my life at its time. What I mean is, you always look forward to things like kids, but it's not until you have them that you appreciate the things about not having them. The same goes for college. You work so hard to get out, only to miss it later!

--- Colleen McKinley, 28

High School Math Teacher / UCI Alumnus

B.S. in Mathematics, 1993



“Don’t become a bio major…the future’s in information systems. That’s where the money is!”

--- J. Patel, 25

UCI Alumnus

B.S. in Biological Sciences, 1998



If I could start over, I would begin my double major freshman year so that I could finish in four years and one quarter instead of five years. Then I could use the extra two quarters to travel, work, and have fun before I begin grad school. Other than that, I have no regrets about choosing UCI.”

--- Kimberly Arsi, 21

4th year UCI student

Biological Sciences & EAD majors



“If I could go back, I would have gotten more involved as an undergraduate at UCLA in research or other experiences that were relevant to what I wanted to do for a career. I worked through my undergrad years in jobs that were not pertinent to what I wanted to do. I would have spent that time better on career-oriented interests. Next, I would have maybe taken a year off and then gone straight for my Ph.D., bypassing the Master’s degree. Basically, after I graduated from UCLA, I floundered a little bit because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. The Master’s degree helped me to figure that out and improved my qualifications for getting into a good Ph.D. program, but it also cost me valuable years. I think that I could have attained the same experience and information that I gained during my Master’s degree during my undergrad years if I used my time better. Overall, I don't regret my decision to seek higher education, and in the end those years won't really matter too much. The most important thing is to find a career that makes you happy even if it takes a while.”

--- Kristen Brunson, 30

B.S. Biology, 1991, UCLA

M.S. Biology, 1996, CSUN

Ph.D. Neuroscience, summer 2000, UCI



“If I could turn back time, I would have studied architecture…it’s what I really wanted to do. I love art, and I wanted to take art classes, but my parents insisted I try biology. I didn’t like it at first, but I love it now. Still, I wouldn’t mind taking some art classes now that I’m done.”

--- Amy Lorraine Roqu`e, 22

B.S. Biology, 1999

University of Puerto Rico

Ph.D. program applicant, UCI