B.A. ‘16 Major: Economics and Global Disease Biology Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fourth Year Major: Human Development Hometown: Los Angeles, California
What experiences on campus helped you develop as a student and leader?
What do you think of the UC Davis campus and the resources it has to offer?
The practical experience I gained volunteering at Imani Clinic, a student-run medical clinic serving the Sacramento African American community, gave me an understanding of how I can make an impact in society and reminded me that I was in college to provide service to the communities I represent. My academic trajectory shifted to focusing on seeing health disparities through an economic lens.
I think the resources are unique because of all the professional schools—law, business, medicine and veterinary medicine. Personally, I have a hands-on internship at the UC Davis Medical Center in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department that has inspired me to go into medicine. The internship gives me the opportunity to support children in the hospital through play, talking about how to cope in ways they can understand and having nurturing conversations. My ultimate goal is to provide underserved communities with exceptional health care.
What advice would you give incoming students? Visit your professors during office hours; you won’t regret it. Also take advantage of professional development presentations and workshops of all types. You never know what may pique your interest.
What experiences and/or involvement on campus have had a significant impact on you and how has this helped your development as a student and leader? I wanted a way to express myself creatively, so I joined the Nigerian Student Dance Group (NSDG) on campus. I had a lot of fun while sharing and celebrating my culture. My involvement led to becoming president of NSDG and leading many performances of traditional Nigerian, West African and modern dances.