Upcoming Opportunities for Alumnae to Get Involved!

Attention Alumnae: Join Housemembers at Sunday Dinners!

In an effort to have more Alumnae involved in the House, we want to extend an open invitation to all Alumnae to partake in a Sunday dinner on the 2nd Sundays of every month which would be ?10/11 and 11/18. The December date is tentative, and may be our Alumnae Cook Night instead.

All dinners at 6PM. Please RSVP to heralums.191@gmail.com.

DC and Boston Alumnae Events in September!

Join alumnae in DC and Boston this month to reconnect and reminisce about your days at the HER House.

We may no longer reside at 191 Bay State, but we’re looking to bring a little bit of the HER House to your neighborhood. Come out and connect with other alumnae in your city for an afternoon of laughter and a trip down memory lane.

Washington, DC
September 12th, 4-6PM
1333 14th Street NW
RSVP to Jill Sims, jillsims@bu.edu, by September 11th.

September 26th, 4-6PM
Scholars Boston Bistro
25 School Street
RSVP to Renee Gaillard, reneecyg@gmail.com, by September 20th.

Additional cities….
If you are interested in hosting an event in your city, please email us at heralums.191@gmail.com.

Meet the President: Nicole Rapkin (CAS ’16)

Meet the House President for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year in the interview below!

Nicole Rapkin (CAS ’16)

House President

Where are you originally from? How did you end up deciding to attend BU?


I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After spending most of my life in a very small town, I knew I wanted to move to a big city. At the time, I intended to major in advertising, but I was interested in lots of other things as well. After looking at COM’s advertising program and seeing that if I chose to change my major (which I did), BU would have a strong program for whatever I decided to do. That’s when I knew BU was the perfect choice.


What are you hoping to do when you graduate next spring?


I am an International Relations major with a minor in Public Health, and I’m passionate about women’s health and women’s rights. I would like to combine these interests with my love for travel and spend a year or two doing field work abroad before pursuing a Master’s degree in either Global Health or Maternal and Child Health.


What has been one of your favorite memories of living in the HER House?


One of my favorite memories in the House was my first Senior Supper. We spent weeks preparing the decorations, personalized gifts, and an under-the-sea themed menu, but when the night of the dinner finally came, we could hardly get through the meal because the girls kept getting up to dance to Beyonce. I’m pretty sure most meals in the HER House go that way, and they’re all included in my favorite memories.


What has living in the HER House meant to you?


Living in the HER House has been so much more than a place to live. In addition to allowing me to pursue my degree, the support and love I receive from all the girls in the House has really allowed me to grow into myself, and I’ve loved being able to play a role in maintaining the House’s traditions for current and future HERlies.


What’s the greatest piece of advice you ever received?


Let people know when they’re appreciated. It’s always easy to let someone know when they’re doing something wrong, but taking time to acknowledge when someone says or does something nice can make a big impact.

Alumnae Spotlight – Luwam Ghidei


Luwam Ghidei

Year of Graduation: 2011
School: College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Luwam Ghidei (SAR 2011), soon to be Dr. Ghidei, is incredibly accomplished, yet quite unassuming. We checked in with Luwam, a fourth year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, to learn about where she’s headed next.


Who are you? 

I’m a 25-year-old feminist living in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. I love mentoring students who come from similar backgrounds to mine. I spend my time outside of school running, chatting up old friends, traveling, and getting active in the community.


The year after you graduated, almost all of the new HER House residents found out about the House through you. How do you describe the HER House to others?

Wow, that is so exciting to hear. I remember I wasn’t even on our official “Public Relations” committee, but I was so in love with the concept of the HER House that I obviously couldn’t stop talking about it. I used to tell any women who would listen that I live in the coolest house on campus. It’s a wonderful way to meet passionate women and build a family within campus. Not to mention, the house happens to be a gorgeous, meticulously designed mansion in which you pay what seems like pennies to live in!


Why did you decide to become a Doctor?

I grew up with some pretty horrific experiences at the doctor’s office. I watched my mom’s chronic pain be discounted without even a single question at times. I also watched healthcare workers rely on stereotypes of African American women to misdiagnose my oldest sister as she devastatingly suffered from a serious illness. Growing up in a poor neighborhood, I never thought a career in medicine was within reach – I didn’t know anyone who had successfully navigated the system. Once I got to college and realized I had a unique passion for physiology and health, I loved the idea of using my education to serve and heal others. I did my best to join pre-medical organizations, attend medical conferences, and find mentors in the medical community who could encourage me while filling in the informational gaps.


What advice do you have for anyone who wants to go to medical school?

The entire process is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be many, many nights devoted to studying while it seems like everyone else is out having fun. But if you are truly passionate about becoming a doctor, it is definitely worth it! If I had to do medical school all over again, I would in a heart beat! It’s amazing how much trust patients have in you, and that trust will drive you to aspire to become the best physician you can possible be. If you want a faster track in the health care field -consider becoming a highly esteemed Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, Pharmacist, etc. These professions make great money and go through substantially less schooling.


If you could change one thing about the medical school admission process, what would it be?

One thing I would change is the concept of secondary applications. I believe secondary essays were first established to help narrow the amount of candidates each institution wanted to interview. However, as time passed, medical schools started sending out secondary applications without even screening first. Keep in mind, each secondary costs about $60-$80 in addition to the primary application costs. It’s hard to argue that schools are not only sending these out to generate more revenue.


What are you most looking forward to as you start your residency?

I am currently a fourth (and final) year medical student, and I am excited to report I successfully “matched” into a residency position! Match Day is an annual, nation-wide event during the 3rd week of March when every medical student finds out where they will do their residency. I will train to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Brown Women and Infant’s Hospital in Rhode Island! The first year of residency is referred to as an internship. I am looking forward to a sharp learning curve, a new experience, and gaining more confidence as I become more and more independent in my practice.

 We wish you all the best in your residency, Luwam!