费利西亚attor
费利西亚attor

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费利西亚  Attor

Class of 2020 • Accra, Ghana, West Africa
费利西亚Attor has thrived as a chemistry and French double major on a pre-med track, but it has been her time off campus—during a semester abroad in Morocco and an internship in Thailand—that has helped her define the path she hopes to take in the future.

 

“Before junior year in college, I didn’t think about the policies that go into making primary health care accessible and affordable to all people, and that is something that has piqued my interest, especially after Thailand,” she 说. 夏天之后 her junior year, 费利西亚 spent a month living with a family in rural northern Thailand, where she worked as an intern shadowing health professionals in the local clinic. She also conducted independent 研究, through a grant from the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows, to analyze the accessibility and affordability of the Thai health 系统. 

“I have such a big passion for public health and medicine in general, but I’m thinking about doing a master’s degree in global health disparities and then see if I still want to go to medical school after that or expand on the global health path,” she 说.

During the fall of her junior year, 费利西亚 spent the semester at Al Akhawayn University, where she studied primarily humanities, Arabic, and French. 她喜欢在美国演讲。 French so much that she decided to elevate it from a minor to a major when she returned 去厕所. She was able to maintain her chemistry major even while abroad thanks to help from her advisor in chemistry, Professor Anne Marteel-Parrish, (also a native French 演讲者).

“A lot of science majors have the impression that you can’t study abroad because you’re a science major, and it’s complicated,” 费利西亚 说. “但博士. 马特尔准备这么做 sit down with me and plan out whole semesters and how it would go, so it’s been fantastic. She was willing to make it all 为我工作. I was doubling up on my course loads before and after going to Morocco so I am not behind at all in my chemistry degree.“以 humanities classes while there helped fulfill her distribution requirements, so she could more fully focus on chemistry at WC.

“One thing I like about all my professors is that we have conversations outside of class, we talk about things that are not part of the classroom, and it’s always amazing 坐下来和他们交谈. They are very good listeners and give really good 建议,”她说. For example, she enjoys talking with Jennifer Benson, chair and associate professor of philosophy, about news stories related to Benson’s work. “I will go there and we will talk about this news article and she will give me her perspective from academia and I will be, ‘Oh, I never thought of that.’ ’’

费利西亚 wasted no time landing internships, the first during the summer after her sophomore year, when she worked in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.在癌症相关 研究.

Along with the Thailand internship last summer, 费利西亚 also received a Cater grant to work one-on-one with Anna Smith, visiting professor in chemistry, synthesizing flavonoids 抗衰老研究—work she will continue to do as part of her Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) for chemistry. Her French SCE will examine sub-Saharan immigration to Morocco and how European Union policies effect the human rights abuses that happen 在南部边界. 

And, during winter break of her senior year, she’s joined the Cuba Experience course where she will continued independent 研究 on public health accessibility and affordability, using that 研究 to complement her work on the topic in Thailand.

费利西亚的四年计划

第一年

最喜欢的课程CHE 111:一般化学

“我来这里还没有决定. I knew that I loved chemistry from high school but I didn’t 如果我想继续学习的话. But my first semester I took general chemistry and I had a great experience, I really enjoyed it, and I decided to major in it.”

第二年

学习通过Internhip at National Institutes of Health

夏天之后 her sophomore year 费利西亚 worked in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., 癌症相关的研究.

三年级

学习通过Semester Abroad, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

“A lot of science majors have the impression that you can’t study abroad because you’re a science major, and it’s complicated. 但博士. 马特尔准备坐下来谈谈 me and plan out whole semesters and how it would go…She was willing to make it all 为我工作.”

年4

期待高级顶点经验

费利西亚完成了两项sce考试. For chemistry, ongoing 研究 in synthesizing flavonoids 抗衰老研究. For her French SCE she examined sub-Saharan immigration to Morocco and how European Union policies effect the human rights abuses that happen 在南部边界.