Artwork by: Michelle Ritota
The more colorful drawing was of a classmate in my art class and the pencil drawing was an image from a national geographic magazine that really stood out to me. I absolutely love to draw faces and adding a creative but still realistic flare to them.
My name is Michelle Ritota. Prior to beginning my journey as a pre-medical student in the School of General Studies at Columbia University I had earned a degree in Psychology at The George Washington University. Additionally, I avidly pursued the arts, including fine art and creative writing. Repeatedly in the span of my life I have been awestruck and allured by the combination of psychology, art, and medicine. Whether it had been the breakdown of human anatomy from Leonardo da Vinci in an art history class or visually seeing the evolution of comprehension of the human brain throughout the centuries in a cognitive neuroscience lecture. Being a psychology student and an artist has taught me to approach things with an open-mind, curiosity, heart, and a special attention to detail. I feel as though the science courses also work towards teaching us similar traits, helping us to develop our problem solving skills, as well as keep an open mind while approaching problems we have never seen.
To me, the remarkable opportunity to care for and help individuals is invigorating. I strongly believe that medicine is an art, and ultimately requires diversity, skill, passion, care, knowledge, and curiosity.
What is most interesting to me about science and medicine is that it is constantly evolving. This entails that new breakthroughs in science and medicine are found, and that the end of our medical studies does not mean the end of our learning. By going into medicine we have an ability to delve into new ideas and knowledge that are constantly being introduced and discovered.