Rebecca Oluwasanmi

Rebecca Oluwasanmi

Rebecca Oluwasanmi

Public Health Science / Upper Marlboro, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I wanted to be in an environment where I know education is valued. The University of Maryland is known for its great academics and I know that I will learn effectively. There are also so many opportunities that the University of Maryland provides its students. This showed me how not only will my time there be considered but what I do in my future too.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan to pursue the medicine track in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. I first felt an affinity for medicine at a young age when a close family friend was diagnosed with leukemia. I witnessed first-hand how medicine brought hope and assurance to us. I would have to say some of my main reasons are the satisfaction from making a direct difference in patients’ lives. I feel like I wouldn't feel that sense of reward in any other job.

Also, after doing research for myself, I found that medicine is a really intellectually stimulating job. When shadowing my pediatrician, I saw that she is presented with new and diverse problems every day where a prompt decision must be made. Being a doctor would mean contributing to something greater than myself and there's nothing more motivating for me.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I am not yet involved in any activities outside of class but I plan to get more involved. I plan on being a part of the Black Student Union so that I can be involved in creating a safe space for Black students on this campus. In addition, the Global Public Health Scholars Program I am in has a council committee. That is something I see myself joining in order to get new perspectives on leadership.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am enrolled in the Global Public Health Scholars Program. Although it's only my third week enrolled in it, I've gained knowledge about the various health problems that cross borders. In the future, I would love to analyze the challenges to reducing global health inequalities so I can work to combat them.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
Aside from academics, I hope to develop new meaningful relationships with others. I also hope to learn more about myself throughout this journey.

What are your future goals after graduation?
My future goals after graduation are to attend medical school so I can become a doctor. As I have explained before, this has been my dream since I was a child and I can't wait to take the steps to fulfill them.

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