Notre Dame pre-med students face a notoriously difficult schedule with academic and extracurricular activities, a stressful balancing act which reaches new heights when it comes time to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Junior biology and theology major Antoinette Pusateri said she will be one of the pre-med students taking the test this upcoming Saturday. Although she has faced a busy schedule because of the additional task of studying for the MCAT this semester, Pusateri said there are some positive results stemming from the experience of studying for the MCAT. “If anything, what I would take away from the whole pre-med, studying-for-the-MCAT experience would be the art of prioritizing, of time management,” Pusateri said. “It’s definitely been a learning curve, but that’s kind of the college experience for everybody.” Pusateri said she set up a study schedule specifically for the MCAT, and made sure she stuck to it. “I really started hardcore studying after finals fall semester and then really every day since then, with a few days off,” Pusateri said. “[I’ve been studying] at least a couple hours a day,” Pusateri said. Despite stress associated with studying for the MCAT, Pusateri said she feels prepared for the exam on Saturday. “First and foremost, I don’t think anywhere else prepares us better than Notre Dame,” Pusateri said. “I went through the notecards and notes that our professor had us make for organic chemistry and basically, out of all the cards and notes I had, I only needed a fourth of that for studying.” Junior biology and peace studies major Gwyneth Sullivan is electing to take the MCAT in late May, outside of the confines of the semester, but within the upcoming admissions cycle. Though her test date is further away, she said she still has tried to continue her preparation, which started is January. “Ideally, I’m doing two hours of study a night, but realistically if I have a huge exam, like my physics test this week, I’ll push it off a little bit” Sullivan said. “It’s a lot of time management.” A prominent factor in her decision to take the MCAT in May rather than this Saturday is the annual benefit her family hosts in Chicago in remembrance of her brother, Declan Sullivan, she said. “The benefit is actually this weekend so there’s no way I could have physically taken the MCAT,” Sullivan said. “Especially in the last three weeks, I’ve been doing so much logistical work for it that it’s been hard to study.” Other pre-med students have decided to forego sitting the MCAT during the school year in favor of taking it during the summer. Chantal Berry, a junior anthropology and preprofessional major, is one student who chose this less traditional path, instead opting to take the MCAT in August. “What I found with my friends that were either taking the MCAT this weekend or in May was that it’s been a very stressful semester,” Berry said. “I didn’t really want to have that stress, I wanted to get the most out of my college experience in terms of the academics and I wanted the sole focus to be the academics.” Taking the test later means Berry will not receive her scores in time for the upcoming admissions cycle, but she said she already decided on taking a gap year after finishing her studies at Notre Dame. “I think the decision to take a gap year was partially the MCAT reason but also just because I wanted that time off before once again getting right back into academics and medical school,” Berry said. Contact Henry Gens at [email protected]
“Everton is one of the best teams in the Premier League and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. “I know Everton is one of the big clubs here in England with history, the fans and the great players, so I’m very excited and happy to be here. “I started to watch Everton more since the beginning of October because I had heard about their interest. “I was interested to see how they play and how they have good young players. If you see players who are aged 20 or 21 and see them perform like that, you know you have a good coach. “The manager has said exactly what he wants. He believes I can be a player who can add something to the team.” Niasse, the Russian Premier League’s player of the year in 2015, has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances this season and, as he can play across the front three, he comes in as a replacement for Steven Naismith, who was sold to Norwich for £8.5million earlier in the window. He becomes the club’s third most expensive signing after Romelu Lukaku (£28million) and Marouane Fellaini (£15million) and is expected to have the necessary visa clearance in order to be eligible for this weekend’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke. Niasse will be presented to fans at the Toffees’ home game against Newcastle on Wednesday. Press Association Everton have completed the £13.5million signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse. “We’re delighted because Oumar is a player we have been following for a long time,” said manager Roberto Martinez. “He is the right personality and someone who is in a very good moment of his career. He has had a lot of success in Russia and he brings a different quality to what we already have in our squad. “I’m really pleased to be able to bring in Oumar in this window and we know he’s going to have a massive impact going forward. “He brings a real hunger and desire to be successful into what is already a strong squad.” Earlier in the day Everton loaned winger Aiden McGeady to Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday but fellow Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson opted to stay at Goodison Park despite Martinez previously suggesting the player would benefit from a loan to get some much-needed pitch time ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016. Everton’s 23-year-old reserve-team forward Conor McAleny has joined League One side Wigan on loan until the end of the season as Niasse’s arrival lessens his chances of making the match-day squad. Despite Niasse not playing a competitive fixture since December 10 due to Russia’s winter break, Martinez believes he will not need long to make an impact. “He’ll need a little bit of time to understand the Premier League, with the tempo and all the new aspects of the league,” the Toffees boss said. “But I wouldn’t expect too long because he is the type of player who can have an impact in any game. “He’s got a really good physicality – he is very strong and powerful – and it’s not just scoring goals, he penetrates and opens up teams in the final third which allows others to benefit from his work as well. “He is a strong, powerful striker who can play in different positions. He is going to be a terrific, fresh addition to a squad that will welcome his ability. “We moved a couple of players on and the freshness Oumar Niasse brings is going to be very positive going forward.” The 25-year-old Senegal international has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms, having arrived at the club’s Finch Farm training ground earlier in the day. “It’s a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton,” he told evertontv.