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Passion and Prowess

For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for healthcare. I always loved going to the hospital, kissing "boo-boos" and putting band-aids over things- even when they were not warranted. I was always highly inquisitive of every medicine that I had to take- always wanting to know exactly what it did and how it worked. Being the daughter of two first-generation immigrants, I always thought the idea that I'd even go to college was far fetched. Yet, here I am! And I am ready to conquer my dreams head on. My goal is to earn my MD/PHD and learn/ create new methods and ways to provide effective healthcare for everyone who needs it. My background has been a huge motivator and reason for my passion in volunteering and advocating for better healthcare on a global level.  My time at VCU has definitely taken me one step closer to that dream. One of my favorite quotes is, "A mind that is stretched by a new experience, can never go back to it's old dimensions" by Oliver Wendell Homes Jr. In  these past three years in general, my mind and perceptions of life and the world around me have stretched so much. Having the opportunities to be a Resident Assistant, receive Global Certification, participate in and volunteer through various organizations on campus, all alongside taking comprehensive courses has been mind-altering. I know that all of my experiences will not only positively impact me in my future professional endeavors but, in my life as a whole.

Outside of my academic pursuits, a majority of my time is spent educating and empowering. I have a passion for empowering people; specifically women, immigrants and underprivileged children who do not have strong role models in their lives. One way this passion manifests itself is

through my organization I Am That Girl. I Am That Girl is a national organization founded to provide a space safe for women of all backgrounds to discuss issues we are facing in our society, as well as, in our personal lives. I am VCU's chapter leader.  I volunteer bi-weekly, through Globe, for an ESOL class in Henrico County. And I also volunteer with middle school girls at the Boy's and Girl's club. I teach them about a variety of things- from mitosis to manners to patience to leadership skills. I act as a mentor to these girls and my aim is to empower them and show them the sky is the limit. I am excited for the next chapter in my life.

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