Aspiring Physician


My name is Zach Tigani. I recently graduated this past May with a BS in Human Biology and this will be my final undergraduate course at MSU.  My future plans are to attend medical school but right now I am currently taking classes to receive my Masters in Public Health from here at MSU.  My only other experience with anthropology was from an ISS course I took my sophomore year.

This is a picture of me and some of my fraternity brothers about a week before graduation.

Aspiring Geriatric Physician and Part-Time Film Historian

Hi Everyone, my name is Francesca Gucciardo (yes, I am Italian, well Sicilian to be exact) and I am currently a senior here at MSU. I am one course away from getting my B.S. in Psychology, with a specialization in Bioethics, and I am taking the rest of the year to finish up my pre-med requirements. I have done a lot of volunteer work in Lansing-area hospitals and have been assisting in research projects here on campus. My goal is to go to med school and then specialize in geriatric medicine, as a geriatric primary physician. I have been volunteering in nursing homes since I was in middle school, and I’ve concentrated on this field for quite awhile.

In my free time I am an amateur film historian. I do A LOT of research on film history, specifically the classic era, from the silent period through the early 1960’s. I like to also research historical events and then look-up how they were depicted in films of the golden age.  I am constantly tracking down rare films and have stacks of notebooks full of research and tons of books on the history of the film industry. I know to about 99% of the population, silent and old B&W’s don’t sound interesting, so I won’t be offended if nobody shares this interest. My favorite movie of all time is the 1937 version of “Lost Horizon” with Ronald Colman, directed by Frank Capra. FDR loved this movie, and the James Hilton book it was based on, so much that when he founded “Camp David”(which is the name Eisenhower changed it to while he was in office), it was originally named “Shangri-La”, like in the movie. I also enjoy Garbo and Gilbert silents, Hitchcock films, particularly from the late-1930’s-1953, and of course anything with Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn. If I wasn’t going into the medical field, I would go back to school and get my film history degrees and try to get my second dream job, a film historian at the film archives for the Library of Congress.

I plan on dedicating myself to improving the primary health care and the all around end-of-life care plans, for seniors and the elderly on limited-budgets. That’s why I think this class will be interesting, because it studies the culture around health care systems. I’ve only taken one other anthropology course, but I enjoyed it very much, so I’m looking forward to this course.

Aspiring D.O.

Hey Everybody.  My name is Braxton Anderson.  I graduated last May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies from MSU.  For the last year I have been working on finishing up my prereqs for medical school. My previous experience in anthropology, besides everyday life, is limited to a few courses I have taken at MSU. I’m taking this course because it’s relevant to what I am pursuing and sounded interesting.

This is a picture of me holding my recently adopted sister from China! This was taken on one of our bus rides through Guangzhou. She just turned 4 years old this weekend. We threw her a Curious George themed birthday party. It was epic.

Former collegiate athlete with the traveling bug

Hello there, my name is Monique Carter and I am a fifth year senior and my major is Interdisciplinary Social Science and Health Studies. I also have a cognate in history. I was a student athlete for 4 years in college. I got recruited to row on the varsity women’s rowing team. We have won 2 Big Ten Championships when I was on the team and it was a great experience. We traveled a lot while I was on the team. We would go to California, Austin Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and many other places. More recently I went on vacation to the Bahamas about 2 weeks ago with my family. It was amazing and the water was beautiful. I am from New York City and recently relocated to Georgia and I plan on finding a job out here and I have a ton of family out here as well. In the past I have taken three ANP courses. I took ANP 200(Navigating Another Culture), ANP 202(Bio-cultural Evolution), and ANP 270(Women & Health Anthropology Perspective and all the courses have been very interesting thus far. I hope to gain a better understanding of Medical Anthropology and I believe this class is a good starting point for me.

The picture below is of me during my sophomore year. I chose this picture because it is one of my most memorable experiences as an athlete at Msu. This year I was in the first varsity 8 boat and we won 1st. place at Big Tens and my team won its second Big Ten Championship in 2009.
Row Mo!



Future Doctor

Hey everybody.  My name is Emily Cox.  I am a senior majoring in Human Biology.  It’s probably obvious, I plan on being a doctor.  I took an introductory anthropology class freshman year to substitute an ISS requirement, but this class actually sounded somewhat interesting so I figured it couldn’t hurt to take it.  Hopefully.

I chose this picture because I got my scuba diving certification through the classes at MSU, and diving in Cozumel was probably one of the coolest things I have ever done.


Waiting on the World to Change

My name is Corey Brown and I’m a Senior Biomedical Laboratory Sciences major.  I’ve previously taken three other anthropology classes, Biocultural Evolution, Sociocultural Diversity, and Culture, Health and Illness.  I’m taken this class because I want to go into public health and I think this would be a great help in understanding the relation between medical systems and culture.  This is a picture of me and my niece Izzy, she’s pretty much awesome.  I love all of my family and they are definitely my inspiration in life.


Dog Lover

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Young and I will be a senior at MSU in the fall. My major is IDS in Health and Society. My goal is to complete my degree by next summer and enter  into Physician Assistant school the next year. Summertime is my favorite time of the year! I am a Server at Outback Steakhouse and currently trying to find a job as a nurse assistant. I am actually currently enrolled in ANP 201 and took another anthropology class at a community college so I am a little familiar with anthropology. I switched into this class because it seems interesting and I am excited to learn more!

I love dogs and this is my new puppy Roxie I got a week ago!


Sittin’ Back, Getting Things Done

Hello! My name is Evan, and I am currently a senior at MSU. I’m majoring in criminal justice and hope to go to law school after this year.  For now I’m in Massachusetts with my family for the summer and can’t wait to get back to Michigan. The only Anthropology related class I’ve taken before is an introductory archeology class and I’m looking forward to seeing the medical side. In my spare time I mostly relax, hang out with friends and snowboard if possible. I am also a huge movie fan, so feel free to recommend any good ones.

The pic is from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, which is just about the best western movie ever made.

Science Wizard turned Pre-med student

Hi, my name is Dominique Sanchez and I am a senior. I’ll be graduating in December, finishing up my 2nd bachelors. I’ll have a degree in Spanish and also one in Human Biology, the latter is why I took my first anthropology class. Last spring, I took ANP441: Forensic Anthropology and Osteology with Dr. Fenton and it was a ridiculously interesting class. I’m taking this class because I needed some electives in order to reach a certain amount of credits and it sounded genuinely interesting. I’m not taking this class because I have to, it’s because it interests me and I believe it will compliment my other coursework nicely for my application to medical school. Interesting fact: in the 2nd grade I was a part of this group called “The Science Wizards” and I met Bill Nye because of this.

These four years at Michigan State have been amazing and I’m going to be sad to go. I love MSU and Sparty, which is why I’ve chosen this picture.

Continent Hopping Physician

Hey Everyone!

My name is Rachel Ceccarelli and I’ll be entering my senior year at MSU this fall. I’m majoring in Human Biology and plan on pursuing an MPH/MD degree. I’m originally from Grosse Ile, MI, but I’m living in East Lansing this summer so in my free time I like to play tennis, bike ride, and go to the pool. After graduation I hope to travel throughout Europe with my friends before I have to commit to grad/med school. I went on a trip to Honduras over spring break where I was able to shadow physicians that worked in underprivileged communities for little to no charge, which is what I would ultimately like to do.

This will be my first anthropology class. I’ve always wanted to take an Anthropology course so I’m really excited to be taking this class that also incorporates medicine.

This is of photo of me (in the middle) on my spring break trip in the community in Honduras in which we were working. This was probably one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to give back to these families.