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Franshesca Orellana Castellanos

Franshesca Orellana Castellanos

Franshesca Orellana Castellanos

Physiology and Neurobiology / Germantown, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because they have an amazing biological sciences program. I am very interested in getting involved in their research programs and clubs. Additionally, UMD felt like it could give me the opportunity to grow more as a person and leader.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am majoring in physiology and neurobiology. In the future, I hope to be a physician assistant or go into the research field. I selected this path because I am very passionate about science, specifically biology and chemistry. I believe that both careers will allow me to give back to the community and help others.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I currently work at Topgolf as a guest services shift lead. I have worked there for almost two years.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am in the College Park Scholars Life Sciences Living and Learning Community. So far I have met many people with similar interests and goals. I hope to gain more involvement in my colloquium class and get involved in the available volunteer opportunities.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope I can make some life long friends and get involved in clubs that I am passionate about. I want to get involved in art, science, and activist clubs. Additionally, I hope to discover other passions. For example, throughout high school I enjoyed teaching other peers and leading study sessions. I hope to become a teaching assistant for general chemistry.

What are your future goals after graduation?
I come from a low income household with immigrant parents. If I become a physician assistant I would like to volunteer at clinics that help people who are undocumented, uninsured, and low income. I personally know what it is like to feel the pressure of those factors, and I would like to help people receive the treatment they deserve, regardless of income.

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