- Class of 2019
- Major, Minor Biochemistry, English
“With academics as my main focus, I desired a college experience that would challenge my way of thinking and force me to grow intellectually. It was easy for me to see that Loyola would be that place for me,” says Justin, who grew up in Philadelphia and is a student in Loyola's Pre-Health Programs. Justin has made the most of his time on campus and been involved with the Evergreens, ALANA, the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and the Center for Service and Justice. He has also participated in two summer research internship programs: the Rutgers Summer Undergraduate Research Program and the Nathan Schnaper Internship Program. “The relationships that I had built with many professors within the biology and chemistry departments enabled me to apply for these opportunities,” he says. “Not only did they provide support, but also pushed me to grow and think about science and about my future career goals with new perspective.” Justin learned in April that he had received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Chile. “The goal of my project is to understand how the general framework of physician education is changing in response to childhood obesity. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity and eternally grateful for my professors and mentors who have supported me throughout this journey,” he says. Because he won’t be leaving for Chile until March 2020, Justin plans to work as a medical assistant or medical scribe back home in Philadelphia after he graduates from Loyola. And he plans to apply for medical school this summer. “Medical school has always been my goal, but I am excited for the opportunities that I will have in my two gap years. Loyola has taught me to be bold in the pursuit of my endeavors, and I will continue this in the years to come.”
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My passion is to serve the greatest number of people possible, providing the highest quality of care possible. This, in combination with my love of science and interest in biomedical research, led me to pre-med. For me, the idea of becoming a medical doctor encompasses these components that I desire in a career, while also providing me with the agency to tackle issues of public health, health care inequities, and social determinants of health care. Reflecting on these ideas, I found Loyola’s mission and values aligned perfectly with my own principles.