Biology-Bio Med, Hispanic Studies Minor
Linda is from White Oak, North Carolina, and graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in biology on the bio-medical track, with a minor in Hispanic studies. Linda is thankful for the leadership roles that she had in Health Careers Club, where she was an active leader and participant. She was proud of her internship during the summer of 2015 at a medical clinic, which helped her to become more educated in the health field. She also had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad trip to Spain, and said that she really enjoyed her time there. Being in the Maynor Honors College was very rewarding because it gave Linda a more challenging classroom experience, which helped her to improve her academic skills. She was thankful to be surrounded by a community of individuals who shared the same values.
Linda’s senior project was studying the low numbers of minority physicians in the health care setting of Robeson County. She looked for ways to increase the disproportionately low number, and also looked for ways to encourage local youth that are interested in health careers. She wants to work with youth to guide them down the correct path so that one day they will be able to have a career in health care.
After graduation Linda took a year off to study for the MCAT and received her EMT certification. She continued volunteering at Southeastern Health, all while applying to medical school. Linda’s greatest memory at UNCP was her study abroad trip to Spain. She enjoyed submersing herself in the Spanish culture and being able to make a lot of new friendships.
Thesis: Investigating the Disproportionately Low Number of Minority Physicians Working in the Healthcare Setting of Robeson County
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erika Young