"I went to a big university. I just got lost in the crowd. But that's impossible to do at Saba. People are going to be watching you, keeping an eye on you. If you sway off track, they're going to bring you back onto the path that you need to go in order to achieve your dreams."
It was during her clinical rotations, while working in the surgical ICU at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, that a doctor took notice of Haywood's exceptional work and recommended her to the admissions committee at Yale.
Haywood believes it was her Saba education that helped her stand out: "Saba teaches you the discipline that you need to be a shining star in your clinicals."
Her goal after Yale is to get a fellowship in trauma and critical care or in pediatrics in a program that focuses on research and academics. "I want to find new and innovative ways that we can work with technology."