Sonya Levine

I graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in dance and history in May 2017. With a deep love for crossword puzzles, reading, and most things creative, I spent most of my college years gearing up for a career as an arts administrator, supporting dance from the sidelines, grant writing and networking. However, I recognized after pursuing some internships in development in the arts that what I loved most about dance was the human connection associated within it, the inherent language of bodies connecting across space and time. I spent most nights at Wesleyan in the dance studio, sweating and creating material with other people, using mostly non-verbal communication to find a mutual understanding with others. I recognized quickly after spending a summer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, where I felt so disconnected from the people who shaped and made dance while trying to write about it in a formulaic manner for grants,  that I wanted to find a way to develop that human, bodily connection in a different field. I grew up in a family of surgeons and physicians, yet the field had always seemed far away from my sphere of art and creativity, something out of reach. Still, the idea of medicine began to pique my interest during the beginning of my senior year of college, and I decided to apply to postbac programs. I was, and remain, interested in the marrying of arts and culture and medicine - I tend to think the best doctors are multi-dimensional, with experiences of all sorts, which is why I love finding about people’s stories in the postbac program! If I am able to attend medical school, I would love to pursue a speciality that will allow me to develop strong relationships with patients, perhaps in family medicine. If I’ve learned anything about science in this program so far, it is that there is so much of the world and of the human condition that remains undiscovered. I would be honored to play a role in that continued discovery in a career in medicine.

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