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Year: 2007Concentration: Marketing
During my fourth year, with a double major in commerce and art
history, I suddenly realized that I didn’t want a typical marketing job.
I wanted to be challenged and out of my comfort zone. Most importantly,
I wanted to interact with others throughout the day to make a tangible,
positive difference. As a result, I accepted a position with Teach For
America (TFA), teaching first-grade students in a high-poverty,
inner-city Atlanta school. Soon thereafter, I moved on to teach in
Africa as well.
Teaching in a lower-income community in Atlanta, I discovered that
there are inequalities in access to quality education, as well as
inequalities in access to quality health care. My students constantly
suffered colds, ringworm infections, and lice, for lack of proper
hygiene and access to proper medical care. Because of this observation, I
became more interested in health care and spent the second half of my
teaching year training to learn HIV/AID education so that I could teach
the topic the following summer.
My experiences as a teacher in inner-city Atlanta and in Africa
crystallized my desire to pursue a long-term career in medicine. Upon
returning to the United States, I immediately took action and began
working towards my goal of becoming a doctor by enrolling in a
pre-medical post-baccalaureate program at Agnes Scott College. Serving
as an assistant to a doctor at Peachtree and Pine homeless shelter in
Atlanta on a weekly basis since fall 2010 has further opened my eyes to
the opportunities to make a meaningful, positive difference in the lives
of others through medicine.
As a teacher in Atlanta, Tanzania, and Uganda, I put to good use many
skills I learned at McIntire. Specifically, I felt extremely prepared
to organize material, research and write lesson plans, and collaborate
with more experienced colleagues. Most importantly, I felt confident in
presenting lessons to my students in a clear, concise, and engaging way.
I really enjoyed George Sampson’s arts administration class that was
offered as a joint A&S/McIntire class. This class was particularly
interesting because it delved into topics at the intersection of my two
majors. Specifically, I learned real-life business skills (e.g.,
fundraising, development) that could be applied to the arts world, which
proved incredibly helpful when I worked as the Head of Development for
the Akilah Institute for Women.
The best advice I received happened when a minister came to my
classroom on career day. Instead of telling my first-grade students to
become a minister like him, he asked them what they loved to do and told
them they should pursue a career in which they are doing things they
enjoy on a daily basis. No one had ever said that to me, and I would
encourage McIntire students who are pursuing their first jobs to really
think about what will make them happy.
I really enjoy being active—I’ve run a few half marathons and my
first full marathon recently in Paris. I also love to paint and do hot
As cliché as it may sound, my parents embody my definition of
success. While they are very different in many ways, they both have
taught me by example the importance of working hard, maintaining my
values and integrity, and always genuinely treating others with respect
1. What is your favorite book?I have two: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, by John Wood.
2. What was your favorite childhood television program? “MacGyver” and “Saved by the Bell”
3. What are your favorite memories on Grounds? The Lighting of the Lawn was one of my very favorite things I looked forward to every year.
4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to transport myself anywhere in seconds.
5. What is one of your favorite quotes? “I wake up every
morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good
time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult.”—E. B.
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