Human Science Senior Leads Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 - Alyssa Pullano (NHS’18), a senior in the human science major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, currently serves as president of Georgetown’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, which is “the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.”

Originally from New York, Pullano has valued her time at Georgetown and is planning next steps after graduation.

Question: How have you enjoyed Georgetown and the human science major?

Pullano: As a senior, I’ve thought a lot about this, especially recently, and I know I have really enjoyed being a part of the Georgetown and NHS communities. I love being in DC, and I love the diversity of interests that students have at this school. There’s always something new to learn or some speaker event happening on a topic that’s never crossed your mind. As for human science, I have loved getting to know people in the major across all class years, as well as the professors, really well. I love the balance of very scientific classes with more research or public health-focused classes and the option to use your human science elective space to learn more about a specific topic or field. Overall, Georgetown has been a really great place for me to grow these past four years, and I’m very thankful I ended up here.

Question: What particular aspects of NHS and the major stand out for you?

Pullano: The NHS has always been a very welcoming and tight-knit community, which I remember from the first time I was here during GAAP weekend. Human science is the perfect size. Additionally, we are often lucky to have the professors for more than one course in the curriculum. The NHS is a really awesome community and the connections we have with other classmates and with professors inside and outside the classroom is something very unique to the major and school. The NHS is full of familiar faces, especially after four years, which makes the school so comfortable.

Question: Tell us a little bit about your leadership of and participation in Alpha Sigma Nu.

Pullano: After induction last year, I joined the board to become more involved in the leadership and planning aspects of the society. As a board, we hope to promote the society’s three tenets of scholarship, loyalty, and service through different volunteer projects and speaker events. One of my most meaningful ASN experiences has been attending a conference of chapter presidents from Jesuit universities across the United States, where it was amazing to meet so many different people linked by Jesuit education.

Question: What other activities have you found meaningful?

Pullano: Last year, I was an ESCAPE leader and had the chance to help facilitate non-denominational retreats rooted in Ignatian reflection for first-year students. I loved having the opportunity to get off of campus and connect with others in a more meaningful way as compared to some of the passing connections on campus when everyone is often stressed or overcommitted. I’ve also really found participation in the Alternative Breaks Program as both a participant and a leader to be very meaningful.

Question: What are you thinking about after Georgetown?

Pullano: After Georgetown, I’m hoping to work as a research assistant in the biomedical field to gain more full-time research experience and discern what I actually want to pursue as a career. Being at Georgetown actually gave me more options and ideas of what I wanted to do. After a few research experiences and the classes I’ve taken, I’ve been more open to other career paths within the medical field. Now, I’m likely deciding between pursuing MD-PhD and PhD-only programs for graduate school.