Hello Gators! My name is Delaney Czworka. I am a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Health Science program on a pre-physician assistant track. I am originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland located in the Greater Washington DC area. I loved the four seasons, culture, and diversity of the nation’s capital but I knew from a young age that I wanted to be part of the Gator Nation. Once accepted at the University of Florida I headed south to the sunshine state to pursue my studies and it was the best decision ever!
I began shadowing physicians and medical professionals at NIH and other DC area medical facilities prior to graduating from high school and knew I wanted to study in a medically related field in college. When I learned about the Bachelor of Health Science program and the College of Public Health and Health Professions during my UF tour I thought the program sounded very interesting. I have always been drawn to academic studies related to the sciences but what I really liked about the BHS degree pathway was that it also included coursework related to US and world health care systems, diseases and disabilities, the role of health care providers in prevention and treatment, research methods, and understanding core public health.
The BHS program offers both challenging coursework and experiential learning that has expanded my knowledge and given me confidence in the clinical setting. I found it especially interesting to be studying in the field of health science and public health during the global Covid-19 pandemic. All of my professors have been instrumental in my success especially during these challenging times when learning was disrupted, and new formats of teaching and engagement evolved.
During my four years at the University of Florida I have been an active member with the Pre-Health Service Organization and the UF chapter of Doctors without Borders. I have also served multiple years as a UF Dance Marathon captain and volunteer helping to raise money to support Shands Children’s Hospital and have been active in Greek life as a member of Tri Delta sorority. I am a professional cycling instructor and work as certified nursing assistant at Shands Hospital. I have a passion for medicine and helping others live healthy lives. My entire UF experience has been incredible, but my decision to study in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and pursue my Bachelor of Health Science with a minor in Public Health has been paramount in my personal and professional growth.
After graduation I will be working in the medical field accumulating clinical patient care hours as I apply to Physician Assistant programs and undergo the interview process over the next year!