KATE ARMSTRONG

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I am Kate Armstrong, a proud Alumni of the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco! As a pre-medical student, I have been taught how to understand the tools needed to diagnose, and hopefully, cure the disease. But I want to do more than cure the disease, I want to prevent it. Based on this passion, I made the decision to not only learn what is going on inside the body, but to become globally aware of the many possibilities that may cause a person to suffer. That same decision resulted in me switching my major to International Studies, which has lead me to some incredible opportunities in post-grad life.

Recently, I have been accepted into a fellowship program through an amazing organization, Mama Hope. Mama Hope is a nonprofit that trains impact entrepreneurs from around the world and partners them with visionary leaders in developing countries. Together, they fund and build community-identified sustainable projects using local resources that help lift communities out of poverty. The knowledge I gained from required BAIS courses lead me to seek out organizations as sustainable and considerate as Mama Hope. For instance, my BAIS thesis challenged me to consider collaborative approaches to current public health systems. This holistic perspective was why I have been given the responsibility to create a public health and sexual education curriculum for one of Mama Hope’s partners, Flying Kites School and Orphanage. I am finally getting the chance to not only cure, but prevent future suffering.

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As a pre-medical student with a background in international studies, I have been chosen to complete this project due to my knowledge in the health field and respect for well-being. In my experience, I have been taught how to understand the tools needed to diagnose, and hopefully, cure the disease. I want to do more than cure the disease, I want to prevent it. I want to not only understand what is going on within the body, but to connect with and learn about the many possibilities a person can experience. Mama Hope is providing me the opportunity to connect with the children at Flying Kites and learn how I can provide better healthcare to people in need. I seek to present this same opportunity to my community, here. I want to connect my local community to those around the world who are equally passionate and self-sufficient leaders, ready to impact the world in amazing ways.

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