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Preparing for Pediatrics

Over spring break 2019, I traveled with the club on campus FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children) to our project site at Alajuelita, Costa Rica. While there, I was able to volunteer my time at the main FIMRC clinic as well as multiple pop-up...

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Gaining Service Experience

During my engagement experience, I went to Los Angeles California and helped to feed the homeless. During the experience, we made burritos in the Share-A-Meal truck that we then walked around and distributed to less fortunate individuals. We also handed out socks,...

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Helping to Restore Puerto Rico

I attended the Alternative Spring Break Trip to Puerto Rico from March 2nd to March 9th. The purpose of the trip was to do a variety of community service projects around different areas of Puerto Rico. The projects were: reforestation in Las Cabezas Nature Reserve,...

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Implementing Positive Change

This past spring break, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Honduras with the Global Brigades Water and Engineering club. In Honduras we visited three separate communities. In the first community, we analyzed their current water piping system and devised a...

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Providing Water Access

I travelled to Honduras over spring break with 13 other students through Penn State’s Global Water/Engineering Brigades. There we helped design and implement a water system in two different communities. In the first community we surveyed the land and gathered data...

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Influencing Leaders

After two months of learning about the history and importance of our nation’s capital, I was thrilled to see firsthand all of the wonders in Washington DC. From visiting most of the monuments/memorials, the Department of States, Department of Labor, Pentagon, Bank of...

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Providing Access to Healthcare

This past spring break I volunteered in The Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)’s clinic in San Jose, Costa Rica with Penn State’s FIMRC chapter. The site, named Project Alajeulita, is located approximately five miles outside of San...

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Volunteering in D.C.

My experience was in Washington D.C. to help people battling homelessness. We worked with many organizations like, DC Central Kitchen, SOME, Food for Friends, Joyful Food Market, Capital Area Food Bank, and the Central Union Mission. We sorted, package, and served...

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Volunteering at Food Banks

For a class on homelessness, a group of us went to Washington D.C. during spring break. While we were there, we learned about those experiencing homelessness while also doing service work. We went to food banks and kitchens such as DC Central Kitchen, SOME, and...

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Making an Impact

I went to Puerto Rico for an Alternative Spring Break to help the victims who were affected by the hurricanes in 2017. We replanted trees, painted houses, and worked at a school that has been closed since September of 2017. We also went to the Boys and Girls Club of...

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Creating Unique Research

I worked as an undergraduate intern at the Center for Excellence in Science Education (CESE) at University Park. A year ago during a pedagogy course taught by Dr. Jennelle Malcos, I realized that educational research blended my technical and scientific mindset with my...

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Helping Those in Need

We went down to Washington D.C. to help local shelters and food pantries, as well as give necessary supplies to the homeless population in the area. We volunteered most of our time helping others and learning about the homeless population and what they have gone...

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Developing an Antiviral Drug

I conducted research at Western Psychiatric in Pittsburgh, PA with Dr. Nimgaonkar’s group. More specifically, I worked with Dr. Leonardo D’Aiuto to perform immunohistochemistry experiments to support the characterization of an iPSC neuronal drug screening platform....

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Adapting to Obstacles

I flew to a small town in northern Norway, Andoya, along with several other students on the project, to participate in NASA’s launch of a rocket (G-Chaser) with our payload on it. We were involved with the Andoya Space Center for a week and a half, in which we took...

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Conserving the Reefs

I went to Tom Owen’s island in an ocean sanctuary specifically for research and volunteer purposes. The island is 26 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize. I participated in reef conservation and earned my PADI rescue diver certification. For the conservation part...

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Delivering Quality Care

For my internship rotation at CarolinaEast Medical Center, I was paired with Dawn Jenkins, Director of Quality Management. Having a teacher with such an important role, vast array of knowledge, and thirty-eight years of experience at CarolinaEast, I was able to attend...

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Finding My True Self

In November 2018, I went to the oSTEM conference hosted in Houston, where I was able to participate in several panels and conversations surrounding the topics of being out and how that affects being in and working in STEM, and intersectionality in general. I was also...

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Finding Myself in Rome

I had an internship at Le Cicogne, an Italian startup founded in 2012. On the first day of my internship, I was told that the CEO wanted me to learn about all aspects of the company, not just one project. I started out doing researching new business partners; I found...

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Defining My Dream

This past May I went to the Cannes Film Festival in France as part of my internship with American Pavilion. As an intern I worked for the social media team, live-tweeting panels and roundtables as well as posting content across all social media platforms. I’m a film...

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Humanity in Healthcare

This past June I traveled to Leogane, Haiti with a group of 30 students, physicians, and other various health professionals to do medical mission to the surrounding community. Leogane was the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, and the people have...

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Giving Back to Penn State

My engagement experience occurred during the summer of 2019, when I worked for the Penn State Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs as the Campus Liaison for the New Student Orientation Welcome Crew. During my experience, I worked at New Student...

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Developing My NGO

I traveled to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Zanzibar for my experience. I own a small adventure travel company in East Africa that specializes in grassroots adventures/expeditions in Tanzania and Kenya. While on location, I worked on my concept for a...

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Helping Students Learn Chemistry

For my student engagement experience, I was a learning assistant for Chem 110 over the summer at Penn State’s University Park. During my time as a learning assistant, I helped students gain a better understanding of chemistry by answering their questions either in...

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Getting Involved in My Community

I’ve always been involved on campus in numerous clubs, but my experience in Reality Check at Behrend really stands out. I participated in numerous community service projects, and went to Houston, Texas for a mission trip. I also volunteered on my own time at a local...

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Guiding New Students as a Mentor

I was a peer-to-peer business mentor for my engagement experience. My job was to contact my two mentees and help them with whatever they needed. This included answering questions about college, the business major, classes within the major, advice on how to succeed,...

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Tackling HIV on a Global Scale

I stayed in China for five weeks, where I wrapped up the research progress made in the spring 2017 semester and did some reading into cooperating socioeconomic covariates into our current model in predict prevalence of HIV. In addition, I interviewed some HIV patient...

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Outside the Classroom

I spent 6 weeks in Tanzania doing global health fieldwork, which included shadowing in hospitals, health clinics, and collaborating in a community mental health assessment in a rural village. I also traveled to Kenya to volunteer at Hekima Place Home for Girls. I had...

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Pursuing my Passion

My fieldwork experience was at the UPMC Center for Rehab Services in New Castle, PA. I worked alongside a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) to treat the pediatric population. I was able to take over the COTA's entire caseload and learn with hands-on...

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The Wonders of Cuba

During my CHANCE program to western Cuba, I traveled to Havana, Viñales, and Guanahacabibes National Park. I listened to professional conservationists speak, and talked to Cuban people in each place that I visited. I snorkeled in the Caribbean sea, hiked in Sierra del...

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Abroad in Tanzania

My six-week experience took place in various parts of Tanzania. We spent most of our time learning and reflecting on subjects like conservation and ethics. We went to Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Udzungwa, Mikimi, and Kilwa to see real life examples of these subjects. The...

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When In Rome

Myself and thirteen other students traveled to Rome for about three weeks. When in Rome, we walked around the city exploring archaeological sites, visiting museums, and experiencing the city's culture. We also visited Naples for a long weekend and went to Pompeii to...

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