Taraje Whitfield '22

Track and Field | Hurdles
Forbes College

Pronouns: he/him/his

Relevant prehealth experience: I spent a full Summer working at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the division of Orthopaedics. I shadowed multiple orthopaedic surgeons in their clinics and also in the operating room. In addition to my shadowing experience, I also learned how to do stitches, and I participated in clinical research.

What topics can students ask you about? 
Clinical experiences
Studying for the MCAT
Juggling course work with sports/extracurriculars
Work-life balance outside of school
Pre-med course tips
Christian community on campus
and anything else I can help with!

What advice would you give to a first-year, prehealth, student athlete? Do not be afraid to take a variety of courses early on that may be different from the one major you believe you want. Princeton is difficult, so it is important that you find the major that is right for you, because it will be much easier to stay on top of your coursework when it genuinely interesting to you. Going off of that, be sure to give your best effort in the classroom, because although you have made it to Princeton (which is GREAT), Princeton is not your final destination, and how you perform now will carry on with you into the next season of your life after Princeton. In order to maximize your chances of success, do not try to finish alone. Use your brilliant classmates around you when studying or completing assignments, and utilize the various resources around campus such as Office hours, McGraw, HPA, etc. Treat your courses as you would if they were your sport and/or your job! Lastly, find a hobby or activity that helps you destress when you feel overwhelmed, because grounding yourself before returning to work can help you prevent academic burnout.