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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Leesville graduate appreciates her LSMSA education in medical school

  • More than five years after graduation, Maraim Molani still recalls the great education she received and life skills she learned during her two years as a student at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
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  • More than five years after graduation, Maraim Molani still recalls the great education she received and life skills she learned during her two years as a student at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
    "LSMSA is constantly in my life, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the education I received there," said Molani, originally from Leesville. "It helps me every day in my post-graduate studies. I can't tell you how much I brag about it."
    Since she is in medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where she is also pursuing a master's degree in business, she particularly wanted to thank Dr. Allison Landry and the immense amount of information she taught in all of her biology classes.
    "I find myself thinking back to sitting in her classroom remembering her writing on the chalkboard and lecturing to us, wondering if I would ever see that information again," she said. "I have a huge edge over everyone in class because I've studied most of that information before in Dr. Landry's class.
    "My friends can hardly believe that I learned the information we are currently learning in high school," she said. That is a huge compliment to Dr. Landry as an instructor and to the school and its administration upholding an amazing standard of education."
    During her time at LSMSA, she also learned many practical skills.
    "Not only had I taken more diverse and advanced classes than anyone else entering college in my year, I was confident as a student and as a person because of living at LSMSA," she said. "I knew how to live without my parents, to get along with a roommate, to clean, to do laundry, to manage my schedule and time and a whole lot of other things before others who were living away from home for the first time."
    While she does want to practice medicine, she specifically would like to open up multiple practices of her own and take more of an administrative role in medicine.
    "I'm very interested in preventative medicine and practices that combine medical treatment, health, nutrition and exercise in order to prevent major diseases before they occur," she said. "In other words, I'm looking forward to establishing community wellness centers that are much more than a typical doctor's office – places that take an integrative role in education patients young and old to manage disease in a healthy, non-addictive manner and to promote a healthy lifestyle that decreases the onset of preventable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart disease."
    For more information about the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, visit the school website at www.LSMSA.edu or call 1-800-259-3173.
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