My interest in biology, medicine, Latin American studies, civic engagement — it's all come together for me here.
Starting in the fall of 2016, Jillian will attend medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
During Commencement, Jillian received the the José Martí Award, as well as the Matthew B. Ridgway, Jr. Award for the member of the graduating class who best exemplifies the character, selflessness, integrity and dedication to country demonstrated by General Marshall and by Matthew Ridgway Jr.
"When I was little, my favorite television show was Emergency Vets. I think I knew, even then, that I might pursue a career in medicine. Now, I'm a biology major on the pre-med track with a strong interest in Latin American Studies.
"The more experiences I have, the more committed I am to a career in medicine. When I was a kid, both my mom and grandmother were diagnosed with cancer. They have inspired me so much, which is why I'm leaning towards pursuing oncology. In high school, I volunteered at my local hospital and I wanted to build on that experience in college. Now, I volunteer at nearby Geisinger Medical Center's House of Care, a place where cancer patients and their families can stay during treatment. It helps me see the human side of medicine.
"When I heard that the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua supported a health clinic, I knew I had to go, and the experience has helped lead me to a new opportunity. This summer, I'll be participating as an intern in Bucknell's first year as a member of the Shepherd Consortium on Poverty. My internship is in the health clinic at So Others Might Eat, a community-based organization that offers centralized services for the homeless and poor citizens in Washington D.C. I'm really interested in learning more about the unique challenges that come along with trying to provide healthcare for people from underserved populations.
"I'm so happy that I chose Bucknell. I was looking for schools where I would be able to interact closely with professors. I wanted to have the opportunity to do research — not just as a set of hands, but really learning at developing as a person. I'll be working on biology research with Prof. Julie Gates when I return from my internship. My interest in biology, medicine, Latin American Studies, civic engagement — it's all come together for me here."
Jillian is from Webster, N.Y.
Posted May 20, 2014