MCAT Prep Impact

NPHC gifted Kaplan's MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2021-2022 (valued at $270 each) to three students at the University of Pennsylvania.

Here is how the books will impact our students:

Marco Garcia

Major: Biology, concentrating on Molecular and Cell Biology

Graduation Year: 2025

The human body is an extraordinary system, and its many issues that can occur have always fascinated me. I have always wanted to be the one to solve the puzzle and save people’s lives. It was not until my junior year of high school where I decided to go on the Pre-med track. My biology teacher integrated a lot of human anatomy in her lessons, and my fascination for the human body grew. I knew that I wanted to be a doctor, but I was not sure on how I was going to accomplish that goal.

While researching this career path, I realized that there is a large gap in the representation of Latinos in the medical field. I want to become a physician not only to help save lives, but also increase representation of people like me in the medical field. This set of MCAT review books will put me one step forward of achieving that goal. When I first did my research on the Pre-med track, I knew it would be difficult to acquire study materials for this exam. The price of study materials puts FGLI (First Generation Low-Income) students at a disadvantage with their peers across the country. Having the ability to obtain these study materials early will push down one more wall for me, and I will have one less barrier on my journey to medical school.

While it may seem a little early to study for the MCAT, I do not think it is a bad idea to start thinking about a plan for this exam. The MCAT is a very difficult exam, and these resources will be there to prepare me. Obtaining these books is the start of my Pre-med journey, and I am ready to take one whatever will be thrown at me the next couple of years.

Tise Ogunmesa

Major: Biology, concentrating in Mechanisms of Disease (MOD)

Graduation Year: 2023

My interest in science particularly comes from the fact that it fulfills my inquisitive nature and broadens my scope of the world. I adore the process of discovering new things, and hope to initiate change through the scientific process. Therefore, I have always aspired to work in the medical field, either as a healthcare worker or as a medical scientist.

Having access to the Complete 7-Book MCAT Subject Review is quite remarkable because I am now able to fully study and master the extensive topics essential to excelling on the MCAT exam. It’s also quite advantageous to have a head start on studying for the exam because of how crucial it is for students on the medical field path. It is also a useful way to augment my current knowledge of the current science courses I am taking this year. Overall, the review book is an outstanding initial step into the next stage of my career of working in the healthcare industry.

While my primary career goal is to become a pathologist, and initiate change in the health of others through scientific research, I also desire to establish change in the inadequate healthcare infrastructure in my home county of Nigeria. Coming from a small town in Nigeria, I never expected to be granted the opportunity of ever moving across the ocean to the U.S to study a course wherein I can apply the learned knowledge in reshaping the future of the medical field. In Nigeria, I noticed and experienced the dreadful healthcare system, similar to that of many in underdeveloped/developing nations worldwide. Unfortunately, many are accustomed to such improper healthcare due to the lack of resources/care provided by the leaders of the country. Therefore, I hope to use this great fortuity to discover and expand on said interests, and initiate change in the global healthcare system.


Aleana Nguyen

Major: Health and Societies, concentrating on public health

Graduation Year: 2024

My interest in science particularly comes from the fact that it fulfills my inquisitive nature and broadens my scope of the world. I adore the process of discovering new things, and hope to initiate change through the scientific process. Therefore, I have always aspired to work in the medical field, either as a healthcare worker or as a medical scientist.

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. I carry the traits of a true empath, a person who is capable of really understanding and feeling what someone is experiencing from their perspective. With the capacity to place myself in another person’s position, I feel for the people that are in my underserved community within Philadelphia. There are many people with chronic diseases here that need treatment for underlying medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and asthma. Especially with the pandemic, I can see the crushing and devastating impact of what it meant to contract COVID-19 in an underserved population. Therefore, I have aspired to obtain an MD/MPH dual degree in hopes to serve my community and learn more about what it takes to promote health, prevent disease, and give the means to individuals to deal with illness and disabilities efficiently. By learning the living conditions by which people live such as environmental health impacts, the health policies that govern populations, and how health and nutrition contribute to their lives, I’ll be more equipped to explore innovative solutions to promote better health outcomes not only in my community but across the millions of people around the world. Thus, I have to do well on the MCAT, which is a very challenging test that assesses my problem solving and critical thinking skills on top of my knowledge of scientific principles, as it is a very important step in getting matriculated into medical school. However, my identity as first-generation, low-income comes with its many different struggles when it comes to educational pursuits, but having access to these MCAT review books gives me a study resource that makes reaching my future goals that much easier. These books are crucial in my content review and will help me learn different test-taking strategies as I practice for what I will see on the actual test.


Marco, Tise and Aleana, thank you so much for sharing your story with us and good luck studying!