Using Her Research Background to Realize Her Passion for People
Amanda was an incoming high school senior when she was accepted to the Harvard Summer School Program. This opportunity, to live and study chemistry on Harvard’s campus, served as the beginning of her professional studies and a chance to assert her independence as a young adult. With a summer of research experience under her belt, Amanda was accepted into Stanford University starting in fall 2016.
As a freshman, she became a counselor for the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, a program for first-generation and low-income high school students in the community to take science courses on-campus. Through this venture, Amanda discovered what energized her work wasn’t centered on medicine, but more on the people she served. “I realized what I enjoyed the most in this experience was my interactions with the students.”