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By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
Aaleya Koreishi, a Medical student
from Buffalo, N.Y., has always dreamt
of being a doctor. This fall, Koreishi
began her first year at the University's
Medical School, bringing her one step
closer to that dream.
"Of course you start thinking of med
school when you're taking the MCAT,"
Many medical schools go through a
collective application service, to which
prospective students send a single
application with technical details such
May with a
degree in biolo-
gy, was accepted
to a medical
the early months
of her senior
year, easing the
graduated from the
as scores and grades
"A big factor
was the reputa-
tions of schools"
- Aaleya Koreishi
along with a per-
The schools then
send students a
cation that is
specific to the
many of her friends faced as they
"I knew I wanted to go to med
school. I didn't want to take off a year,"
Koreishi said. As a result she was quick
to find a school. With Buffalo as a safe-
ty, Koreishi applied to almost a dozen
other schools, but staying in Ann Arbor
wasn't something she'd really consid-
ered until late in the year.
"I knew I was going somewhere. I
interviewed here on the last day,"
The application process itself began
in the summer before senior year,
wasn't too bad
- it was exciting," Koreishi said,
adding that she was exhausted by the
end of the process.
In the end, Koreishi was faced with
choosing the University of Michigan or
"A big factor was reputations of
schools," Koreishi said. While she said
Michigan is a better school, Koreishi
has family in New York, which she
cited as an important factor in her deci-
Koreishi then talked to friends, fami-
ly and people who were already in med-
A LOOK AT HOW FIVE 1996 UNIVERSITY ADUATES
ARE DOING IN THE 'REAL WORLD
"It was hard," Koreishi said, but
"talking to a lot of people helps."
Koreishi has never looked back.
"I do like (the University's Medical
School) a lot, actually. I was pleasantly
surprised," Koreishi said. "I thought it
would be much harder than it was."
Although Koreishi still has three years
to go, she's already planning ahead.
"I was always thinking pediatrics but
I'm leaning towards family practice
now," Koreishi said. "But then you
By Matthew Rochkind
Daily Staff Reporter
Jobs are often just around the corner
for University graduates. When Marc
Melamed graduated from LSA with a
sociology degree last May, he had an
on-campus job at Michigan Telefund
waiting for him.
Beginning at the University's fund-
quarters as a
part-time caller I'm i
year, Melamed the-
started in August
as a salaried pro- efforts f
It's no small schools 9
"I'm in charge Universt
'. the whole
training process -
(at Telefund), Michig an Te
and I'm in
charge of the
fund-raising efforts for six schools at
the University," he said.
Although the job at Telefund
seemed right for Melamed, Melamed
said he originally planned to look for a
sociology research job at a university.
But he also wanted to stay close to Ann
Arbor and his alma mater.
"I had no desire to leave this place,"
The University's CareerPlanning &
Placement office helps students find
jobs, but it was only indirectly useful to
He said a meeting with a CP&P
Big House to big bucks
a bad st
Computer vision for the future
By Sonia Park
For the Daily
Like most other students, Jeff
Holtz started his college career
not knowing exactly what he
wanted to do. He graduated in
May with a degree in computer
engineering and is currently
working for Applied Intelligent
Systems Inc. in the field of
He became specifically inter-
ested in computer vision tech-
nology through a course he took
"I took a tech-
nical elective in
and the profes-
sor, Sang Lee,
really helped me
understand the material. It over-
whelmed me and fascinated
From that point on, Holtz
knew he was interested in com-
puter vision, but did not limit
his career objective when writ-
ing cover letters and resumes
for distribution to potential
Instead, he presented himself
as being very open to getting
involved in other related areas,
such as software design.
Hfe used the Michigan
Engineering Job Forum, a com-
puterized service that provides
listings of engineering job
openings and sent his resume to
all companies that interested
Currently, he is involved in
image processing of computer
components for quality control
and guidance in manufacturing.
At AISI, he was the first engi-
neer to be hired right out of col-
He received a few offers from
companies outside of Michigan,
but in the end, he decided he
wanted to stay in the area.
"Because it is a smaller com-
pany, I have been entrusted with
more responsibilities than I
would have at a large company.
I have been pleased with the
opportunity to gain real work
experience," Holtz said.
His yearlong co-op experi-
ence at Bell Northern Research
in North Carolina was invalu-
able for the success of his job
search, Holtz said. "It really
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
Last year, to see Amani Toomer play football, fans flocked
to Michigan Stadium. This fall, they have to turn on the tele-
Though the notion of playing in the NFL may sound like a
fairy tale to most, rookie Toomer knows that life in the pros
is far from it.
"There is definitely more pressure (in the NFL)," he said.
"Because you are getting paid, you don't know how long you
are going to be around, since (your job) depends on your per-
"It's not like when you're on scholarship," Toomer added.
"You know you're going to be there -you might not play,
but you're going to be there."
Toomer realizes the expectations New York has placed on
its second-round draft pick, and has responded strongly. As
the Giants' top punt returner, Toomer has scored two touch-
downs in seven games. He leads the NFL in punt returns for
And being the lone bright spot for the lowly Giants defi-
nitely shades Toomer from the harsh media spotlight of New
"(The media coverage) has been positive in my case from
helped me prepare for big games in the NFL."
With Toomer's introduction to football in the fast lane this
boosted my appeal to a lot of
these companies. The real-
world exposure to the business
aspects of the field went beyond
Holtz demonstrated to poten-
tial employers his ability to
work well in' groups to accom-
plish common goals.
During his co-op, he worked
in a group of 15 people where
everyone was dependent on
each other for the success of
the project. Holtz was a mem-
ber of the Michigan Marching
Band for four years, where he
said he learned about group
Holtz advises people to be
themselves in interviews.
"It is not always so much the
technical skills that companies
are focused on. Often the ques-
tion is 'Will you fit in with the
company and not be recluse?'."
the beginning of the season," Toomer
people, you can definitely sense when
the media comes down on them."
With his spectacular start, it seems
that Toomer's career at Michigan has
helped the rising star adjust quickly to
the transition from collegiate to pro-
fessional play. First-game-jitters and
big-game anxiety have been subdued
due to his stay in Ann Arbor, Toomer
"I wasn't really nervous because of
the fact that at Michigan I played in so
many big games," he said. "I think that
said. "But for some year, it may be difficult for him to think of the game as any-
thing but business. Nevertheless,
Toomer remains unfazed in the NFL
Any time you whirlwind that surrounds him.
"Any time you take a new step in
take a now step in life, it is going to be kind of a rush," he
said. "It's definitely still fun."
life, it's going to
be kind of-a rush."
New York Giants punt returner
By Bram Elias
Daily Staff Reporter
Some people take following in their
parents' footsteps a little bit too far.
Forty-eight thousand miles is more
than a little bit.
Nearly 30 years after his parents met
while serving Peace Corps missions in
Africa, Vincent Schommer, a May LSA
graduate, is busy teaching English as a
second language to high school students
in Witmica, Poland.
Schommer said he could hardly be
happier with his Peace Corps experi-
"The people here have been really
friendly, really helpful," he said. "I'd
say that it was even better than I expect-
ed, but I really didn't know what to
expect before I came here. It is a won-
"Here" is Witmica (pronounced Veet-
meeza), a small town near the western
border of Poland. It is not exactly a bur-
"There's really only two large cities
in Poland, at least by American stan-
dards," Schommer said. "Warsaw is
about eight or nine hours away by train.
Krakow is probably 10."
The closest city isn't even in Poland.
Berlin, Germany, is only two hours
west of Witmica. The town's proximity
to Germany can lead to some pretty
funny misunderstandings, Schommer
"I was told when I arrived in Poland
that the kids I would be teaching would
know a little bit of Polish and German. I
didn't know much Polish, so I tried
German. We talked for about half an
hour before I realized they weren't real-
"One of my students finally told me
that I should try English," Schommer
said. "They hardly spoke German at all.
I'd been talking for half an hour, and
they hadn't understood a word."
Teaching Polish students hasn't been
as hard as expected, Schommer said.
"The kids are really good," he said..
"They really want to learn E
they're very motivated."
So is Schommer, pictured
his sister Maija.
"A lot of work goes into
Schommer. "I'm in a semi-i
not one of the really remote
culturally, we're rouging it
The commitment is incredib
"It's definitely worth it."
Schommer's father Gerald
er Barb were both Peace C(
teers in their own day - it
met in Liberia and returned
to marry in 1968.
And this summer Gerald
hopes to follow in his son's f
by visiting Vincent in Polanc