Q&A with Hailey Ramirez, Physiology Senior and ASUA Senator

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Physiology and anthropology senior Hailey Ramirez was appointed in October 2018 to the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) Senate to fill the UA College of Medicine. ASUA is the UA's student governance body, and senators serve as advocates for addressing university students’ issues.

Hailey is from Tucson and minors in nutritional sciences. She will graduate in 2019.

Why did you choose physiology as a major?
I always knew I wanted a career in the health sciences field, making Physiology the perfect major.

Why did you choose the University of Arizona?
I chose the University of Arizona for its endless opportunities and beautiful campus.  

What are your plans beyond graduation?
I plan on continuing my education by earning a master's degree in medical anthropology.

How do you feel PSIO prepares you for your plans post-graduation?
The PSIO program has provided me with a strong foundation to further my education focusing on the human body.

What advice would you give students considering a major in Physiology?
Do not be afraid to reach out if you are struggling. The classes are challenging, but there are plenty of faculty and other students willing to help.

What do you recommend for a freshman coming into UA for their success?
Try to be involved as much as possible! Not just strictly within your major, but your other personal interests as well.

What clubs, activities or professional development programs are you involved with?
I volunteer at Diamond Children's Hospital and am a member of the PSIO club. I serve as an ASUA Senator for the College of Medicine and on the Recreation Advisory Committee, and am involved with the Research Associate Program (RAP) at the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) Tucson.

What does it mean to you to be an ASUA senator and what do you hope to accomplish?
Being an ASUA senator means representing the College of Medicine and working with other senators to provide a healthy environment throughout the university. This year, I hope find opportunities that can strengthen the physiology program as a whole, as well as promote students’ involvement in programs they may not know of.