I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this past May with a B.S. in Biology, as well as with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Neuroscience.
What is your title and role at your host site?
Behavioral Health Care Coordinator at UPMC Shadyside Clinic.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
Throughout college, I learned about the multitude of aspects of life that affect health beyond just the science of it all. I grew passionate about finding ways to address these determinants of health as a physician, but never had the opportunity to really apply this knowledge and passion while in school. I joined the National Health Corps to fully dedicate myself to helping individuals overcome whatever health barriers they may face, giving myself the opportunity to finally practice what I’ve grown so passionate about.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I hope to learn how to be a compassionate healthcare provider and gain skills that will help me help patients navigate the complex system that we call the healthcare system of the US. This will also be my first time living farther than 20 minutes away from home, so I’m excited for new opportunities to explore and grow.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps service, I hope to either attend medical school or graduate school in public health (ultimately I hope to do both).
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself wrapping up medical school and going on to find a medical discipline that allows me to combine my love for medicine, teaching and public health.