This past weekend I was in Washington, D.C. for the SMDEP Alumni Summit and 25th Anniversary Celebration. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded program for underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students on the medical or dental path. It offers academic enrichment, clinical exposure, career development, health policy seminars, and … Continue reading RWJF Scholars Forum & SMDEP 25th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon
In a previous post, I mentioned that I recently joined the Memunatu Magazine team as a campaign manager for their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Just a brief synopsis, Memunatu is a classroom magazine for teenage girls in West Africa that promotes literacy, leadership, and empowerment. It was started in 2011 by two friends of mine, Mariama and Fatmata Kabia … Continue reading My First Radio Appearance: Impact Africa!
Hey ladies and gents! I want to share with you all something I've been working on for almost 2 months now. I recently joined the Memunatu Magazine team as a campaign manager for their Indiegogo campaign. Memunatu is a classroom magazine for teenage girls in West Africa that promotes literacy, leadership, and empowerment. This start-up was founded … Continue reading Memunatu Magazine: Empowering Teenage Girls in West Africa
The gap year chronicles continue. About a month ago, I had the opportunity of listening to Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey MD, MBA speak at the University of Pennsylvania. This particular event was part of a seminar series being held by The Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn. Who is Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey? She is the CEO and President of the … Continue reading Building a Culture of Health: The RWJF Vision
"Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you." - Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren This is another post on my gap year chronicles. I did mention it was full of adventures right? Check out my post on "Teaching … Continue reading Just Call Me Coach D!
I really want to talk about the importance of Grit in achieving your goals. For all my folks on this pre-health journey, I'm sure you can relate. If you were ever an athlete or ever had to overcome adversity to accomplish a goal, well then you're most likely familiar with this term: Grit "Grit is … Continue reading Grit: You Better Get You Some!
Taking a gap year has its advantages. It's certainly not for everyone but this period is invaluable in allowing you to mature as an individual, explore your passions, and better yourself - which has definitely been my case. My gap year has been full of many adventures - gaining more research experience, two Spartan obstacle races, … Continue reading Teaching My First College Seminar – “Say No to the Freshman 15!”
"Pass the right information. Ebola no be airborne." This issue is one that hits close to home. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and the first in West Africa. It has now being declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is affecting four … Continue reading Ebola Virus: Disseminating the Right Information
Blogging is turning out to be a really interesting experience, I embrace it all. I was recently interviewed by Accepted.com, an admissions consultancy. Although I am not utilizing any consulting services for my application process, their website does have useful tips and advice to guide applicants. In my interview, I discuss my premed journey, my gap … Continue reading My Interview with Accepted.com
Folks, it's time to get down and dirty with FITNESS! As mentioned in a previous post, working out is one of the strategies I use to manage stress. The benefits are simply POW, out of this world. Not just physically, but mentally. When you exercise you release chemicals called endorphins aka "the feel good" hormones. … Continue reading 7 Fun Ways To Get Physically Active