Class of 2023
Home city and state: Westwood, Massachusetts
Undergraduate study: University of Connecticut, major in Physiology and Neurobiology and minor in Healthcare Management
"Hi! My name is Monica Nagalla and I'm an M1 here at Feinberg. I grew up outside Boston and went to school at UConn. I love Feinberg and would be happy to answer any questions you guys might have about the school."
Student organizations and affinity groups
- Anesthesiology Interest Group - President
Tell us about an experience that made you truly feel part of the “Feinberg Family.”
During my first year, I started going regularly to AWOME (Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education) to get tea as a study break. I don't know exactly when it happened, but at some point it became an everyday thing. I would go to AWOME, say hi to Jenny at the front desk, get my tea and chat with the Allison or the deans or whoever else was in the office at that time, and then go back to the library to study.Feinberg has 160 students per class; that’s a lot of people. And yet somehow, the AWOME staff, the deans, and everyone involved in Feinberg wants to know every student on a personal level. It still amazes me that everyone makes that effort. Literally every time I see Dean Green, she's waving at me with a huge smile on her face, regardless of whatever else she is dealing with. I think this is when I really understood that Feinberg is a family and I'm a part of it.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting medical school?
I think for me one of the biggest challenges starting medical school was leaving the east coast for the first time and moving to Chicago. I had zero family or friends in the area coming in and it was pretty nerve-racking. I think that even if some of you face a similar situation, you'll be amazed at how quickly Chicago, and specifically Feinberg, feels like home. Your classmates will become some of your closest friends and the professors will become some of your favorite mentors. I definitely have more of a support system at Feinberg than I ever thought I would.
Topics I can discuss with prospective students
- Life in Chicago
- Academic Support (studying, learning)
- Campus Life
- Student Organizations, Affinity Groups