Vanessa Nava

Vanessa Nava
Stanford Summer Community College Pre-Med Program
Stanford University

During this program, we had Stanford researchers, physicians, PhD's, and faculty present to us (25 students) and had an opportunity to network. In addition, we researched health disparities and presented a poster project and PowerPoint. The program had an integrated leadership course which culminated in creating a leadership statement and portfolio. This program gave me confidence, an opportunity to network, and a clearer vision of my future goals. I also got advice on how to run the SRJC biology club (make sure we have a common purpose). My next goal is to publish a paper on health disparities in my community, lead biology club, apply to UC's and privates to transfer, and get an internship at the Mayo Clinic. For students who have come from a disadvantaged background, (i.e. first generation to attend college) this program will help them greatly in advising about medical school and other health professions.