Nicole: Stay involved

What extracurricular activities have you been involved with during your time in school? How has it made an impact on your life and in the community?

I believe having hobbies and participating in extracurricular activities are vital in order to be a well-rounded student. I am lucky and privileged to have been president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and part of the Hallux Magazine family. Each one of these experiences has uniquely helped me achieve both academic and personal growth.

I am very proud to have been president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists (AAWP). It was through AAWP I had my first experience holding a fundraiser and throwing multiple workshops for students. The fundraiser was successful, and we are able to double our funds and membership count. Both the suturing workshop and lower extremity splinting workshop had high attendance. AAWP gave me the opportunity to brainstorm and execute my ideas and see them to fruition.

Having been involved with Hallux Magazine over the past year gave me an opportunity to foster interest and expose pre-medical students to the podiatric profession. I was a delegate for Western University and one of the photojournalists. I have always been creative with art, poetry, and photography and there is no reason why that could not continue through medical school. Photojournalism allowed me to chronicle my experiences as a second-year medical student, events with AAWP, and even some of my travels. In addition, I was able to merge my creative photography and poetry with my love of podiatry. All in all, Hallux Magazine has really allowed me to encompass my interests.

Nicole Lagstein

Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, Class of 2022