Position: Vice President
Major: Public Health
Career Goals: My career goal is to become a compassionate healthcare provider with an intercultural perspective on healthcare! I want to be an advocate for patient health and a proponent of health education and disease prevention.
Hometown: Austin, TX
Favorite places to eat in Austin: Flower Child
Fun facts: I collected rocks from each place I traveled to until I visited Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park.
Favorite GMT memory: There are many special memories I have of GMT, but one of the most memorable experiences I had in GMT was on my Spring 2022 trip to the Dominican Republic. It gave me a deeper understanding of the connection between culture and healthcare when noticing how health can be defined differently for each individual or geographic location. I also learned how to navigate those differences to build trust. Even with the language barrier, patients shared about their life experiences and formed meaningful relationships with each of us. This communication is integral to building trust, and with that came great responsibility. Initially, carrying the responsibility to make decisions on behalf of each patient was challenging, but it has given me a lot to reflect on. I came back from this trip with an understanding that medicine is not just about treating an illness or determining a diagnosis. It goes beyond that; it involves the responsibility to care for someone, consider their lifestyle, culture, and traditions, and to advocate for each patient’s health.
Why did you join GMT? GMT was the first club that I joined during my freshman year at UT as a result of my global health and humanitarian healthcare interests. In the past year, I found a welcoming and friendly culture at GMT. This organization has given me so much from volunteering opportunities, memorable experiences, information and connections to healthcare speakers, and most importantly my first friends and family at the University of Texas!