Human Science Senior Says NHS Has Helped Him ‘Thrive’

MARCH 19, 2014 - Michael Croglio (NHS’14) has spent his time at the School of Nursing & Health Studies pursuing his ambition to become a physician, advising other students, and participating in laboratory research.

The pre-med senior from New York says he came to Georgetown because he liked the human science major’s focus on science as it applies to human health and well-being.

“One of the main reasons I did the major is because of the word ‘human,’” Croglio says.  “I saw human biology as a freshmen prerequisite and thought that would serve what I wanted to do.  I’ve liked the progression of the curriculum since then.”

Advising His Peers

Croglio has shared his love of NHS through the school’s peer advising program, which aims to help incoming students with the college transition process.

In his sophomore year, he was as an advisor.  During his junior and senior years, he took on a leadership role as a peer coordinator – a position that allows him to work with Doug Little, MS, senior assistant dean, and other coordinators to run the program.

“I had a really good experience with my peer advisor,” he says.  “When we got the email to apply, I thought it would be fun.  I was involved with things like this in high school.”

He says he has kept in touch with his original advisees and has found the overall experience to be rewarding.

“It’s nice to hear about someone who is struggling first semester freshmen year and then rises above those difficulties to become a really strong student,” he says.  “That’s always really nice to see.”

Laboratory Research

Croglio first participated in laboratory research through the Department of Human Science’s Translational Health Science Internship, led by Pablo Irusta, PhD, associate professor of human science.

The six-credit summer program, hosted at the INFANT Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, allows students to experience research in laboratory and clinical settings.

“I loved it,” he says.  “That was the first time I got into a lab project.  It certainly was a good introduction.  The time we spent in the hospitals was awesome.  For someone like me, who wants to be a doctor, the exposure was ideal.  I’d go back in a heartbeat.”

On campus, Croglio has expanded his laboratory experience by working in the Discovery Center on cancer research with geneticist Ronit Yarden (G’96), PhD, assistant professor of human science.

A Career in Medicine

As he looks forward to medical school, Croglio says he is content with his decision to attend Georgetown.

“Most of the reason why I picked Georgetown and NHS – and haven’t looked back – is because I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” he says.  “I definitely think I chose correctly.  NHS is a big part of that, especially with its small-school vibe.  I never felt like a face in a crowd.  That’s the best atmosphere to thrive.”

By Bill Cessato