Life After High School: Sara Vidovic


What is your name? Sara Vidovic

What year did you graduate?

Where are you living now?
Senior at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Physiology.

What do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy hanging out with old and new friends and being involved in all my extracurriculars. I’m a biology tutor and was even an instructor for an introductory biology lab for a bit. I been really involved in contributing to a non-profit called The Hep B Project (HBP), which offers free education, screening, and vaccinations for Hepatitis B Virus to at risk populations in Oakland. I also do a lot of very general community service around Berkeley mostly focused on helping different types of underserved populations. In addition, I’ve worked as a research assistant in UCSF, using several of the techniques I have learned from SMHS’s biotech classes. Other than that, I really, truly enjoy just taking classes, and am sad that I will be graduating shortly.

What did you do in high school?
I was most involved in our biotech and dance programs. I also took a lot of classes at CSM during my summers off.

What are you doing now?
I’m finishing up my last semester at Cal and preparing to apply to Medical School. In addition to getting a Medical Degree, I am hoping to get a Masters in Public Health so that I can continue doing research, but from a public health perspective.

What surprised you about life after high school?
The most surprising thing about college that I have learned is that college is your first real step into adulthood. Yeah, you are still in school and still have to do homework and still will sleep in and do things that you will completely question one year after the fact; but you are expected to have a type of independence that is a few levels up from that expected in high school. Instead of being in a class of about 30 max like at SMHS, you will find yourself in giant lecture halls with up to 700 other people all listening to the same single Professor. While in high school it was easier for the teachers to get to know you on a personal level and to give appropriate attention to your strengths and weaknesses inside the classroom, many Professors won’t even try to learn their student’s names, even in smaller class sizes like those in high school. In college, it is really up to the student to realize when he or she needs help and to seek it out themselves, for there is much less hand-holding than in high school.

Any words of wisdom for current Bearcats?
Do what you love! This applies not only to choosing your major but also your friends and extracurriculars. The quote “do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” rings so incredibly true. Despite that many of you may have pressure from your family and friends to pursue certain fields, just remember that this life is YOUR life and ultimately YOU have to live it. In addition to that, don’t be afraid to change your major or your focus. I came into college thinking I would major in Neurobiology and probably be some sort of surgeon. Now I’m majoring in Physiology and am regretting not doubling in Public Health as well. Last, make sure you really use your major, college, and high school advisors/counselors and get to know your Professors. They are GREAT resources for information about majors, potential research, and prospective careers.

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