Three Days into College

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Today is Monday – day of the Great American Eclipse. Notre Dame had an awesome weekend planned out for the class of 2021 and I had a great time. I arrived at South Bend, Indiana Friday a little past noon. I was really excited to get to start a new chapter of my life, yet, naturally, I was anxious and nervous about what the future would hold. The University had several activities planned out for us, which included the official welcome, a cookout inside the Notre Dame football stadium, ice skating, and many dorm festivities. Most universities have their own type of welcome weekends and I’d like to think that each do a great job of getting you prepared for the stress ahead. Welcome weekends definitely help get your mind off the fact that you’ll be away from home, but more importantly they help you build friendships at your college. My classes start tomorrow, and I don’t even have a backpack, book, notebook, or any type of school supply. I don’t think it will matter much because I’m told that the first week of college always consists of syllabus readings. I still can’t even believe I am already in college.… Continue reading

First Day of Class

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Today was my first day of classes in college. Everything went great at first, but then I had a horrible end of the day. Today is Tuesday, so I had Writing and Rhetoric, Calculus, and Microeconomics. Getting to wake up at 10:30 to go to class was great. It’s like having late-start at Nogales High School but everyday. Overall, each of my classes seemed pretty strict with attendance, grading, tardiness, and other things like that. I don’t know why, but I imagined the classes to be more laid back since I thought they would be larger. Well, since Notre Dame is big on small class sizes, all of these – except for microeconomics – had less than 15 students. Going through the syllabus of each course intimidated me as all courses seemed demanding. I feel like I am going to have to become more disciplined with studying and start putting more time into my work. Maybe being intimidated is only natural of a Freshman in college and hopefully the classes won’t seem as tough. After finishing my last class of the day, I decided I needed to buy all my school supplies. However, the only place in campus to do… Continue reading

BISLE Students Conduct Cross-border Community Service


For the third year, SEAHEC hosted the Binational Interprofessional Service Learning (BISLE) internship. A collaboration between SEAHEC,  the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH,) and community partners, BISLE brought together 29 students from Arizona and Mexico to work in interprofessional-binational teams to learn what it takes to address community health issues collaboratively.  Each team was assigned to work at various sites in and around the sister cities of “Ambos Nogales” – Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. The goal of Interprofessional Service Learning is for students to work together across disciplines, creating a learning experience that fosters diverse professional perspectives. What’s most unique about BISLE’s approach to training health care providers is that students not only work across disciplines, but across borders. It is a strategy that helps students develop skills and qualities valued in both U.S. and Mexican health systems. This year’s students represented fields including medical, public health, veterinary, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology and education.   Participating students from the US represented the University of Arizona (UA) colleges of public health, medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. Students from Mexico represented two of Mexico’s largest private universities, Universidad Vizcaya de las Americas (UVA) and… Continue reading

BLAISER Students Return to Help “Fight the Bite”

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On July 19-20 SEAHEC hosted 20 students from University of Arizona’s Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER.) program. The students arrived in Nogales on Wednesday, July 19th to participate in the local “Fight the Bite” campaign to stop the spread of mosquito borne illness in border communities. SEAHEC has worked with community partners for the past year to address the spread of mosquito borne illness in southeast Arizona. “Fight the Bite,” is a U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campaign that is implemented at the state and local level across the country. It utilizes a combination of mosquito surveillance, a method of systematically evaluating the mosquito population, collection of data on incidence of infections,  and community health education. The combined strategy reduces infected mosquito populations and empowers residents to take steps to minimize exposure to Zika, Dengue, and other illnesses by raising awareness and depriving mosquitoes of habitat. Public health education campaigns also provide unique learning experiences for future health professionals, enabling students to get hands on experience in rural communities that are most in need of health care providers. One member of the BLAISER group commented that “It just gave me a real experience… Continue reading

Frontera Students Conduct Health Education in Ambos Nogales


From June 19th -21st, 2017,  SEAHEC hosted students from the University of Arizona’s Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) internship program.  A collaboration among the University of Arizona, SEAHEC and local partners, the internship program helps students prepare for medical school and gain hands-on research experience through providing service to local communities. Continue reading