Major: Nutrition BSA with a psychology "area of study"/not a minor/not a certificate.
Career Goals: I would really love to just get into medical school at this point, where I hope to pursue an MD/MPH! I'm really interested in pediatric intensive care (think PICU), women's health, and plastics! I'm a little indecisive.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Favorite place to eat in Austin: Juiceland for smoothies, Clay Pit for the BEST Indian food, and Mañana for coffee!
Fun fact: I absolutely LOVE putting Ikea furniture together - I think I was an interior designer in a past life!
Trip you went on and year: I've been to Panama (Spring 2018) and Peru (Summer 2019) and hope to go to Ecuador this year!
Favorite GMT memory: I think the most impactful memory I've made was on my first trip to Panama my freshman year! On my second day of clinics, my group saw two mothers that impacted me: one with signs of breast cancer, and the other with signs of domestic abuse. In both cases, the mothers did not seek help for themselves, only for their children. The woman with the lumps on her breast had never heard of breast self-exams, and didn't notice the lumps until they began to hurt and bleed. I wanted to help the second mother and her children get out of their situation, but our translator explained to me that in the native culture there were different ways of fixing this problem than what I had seen in America, and that the community leaders should be alerted and trusted to handle it. These selfless, strong women made me grateful for the opportunities and freedom I've had in America as a female, and more importantly, inspired me to fight for women in less developed countries to gain the knowledge and respect that they deserve.
Why did you join GMT? I joined GMT my freshman because I've always been interested in global medicine and the social/cultural aspects of health, and have a little hope that one day I'll be able to do Doctors Without Borders! This organization also introduced me to some great people, and gave me the best volunteering and leadership opportunities throughout college.