Many people in my family are involved in the medical field. These amazing people have inspired me to pursue a very difficult medical degree; however, I don't want to stop there. I want to use what I've learned to inspire others and give back.
NC State offers a summer study abroad program that does just that. There is a 6 credit course, Global Health and Physiology, that is offered over the summer. This course spends the first month learning about global health issues before experiencing them first hand in a 10-day medical service trip to Belize. The service trip involves visiting the small, rural communities in northern Belize and conducting free medical clinics.
My parents and grandmother helped fund an amazing study abroad trip to Spain last summer which was, to say the least, life changing. I am a strong believer that traveling is a humbling experience, as many people who live in the United States don't realize how easy we have it. This experience in Belize will not only help the communities who need it most, but also help me spread awareness and maybe change the perspectives of the people around me in the US. It will also provide me with the opportunity to gain experience needed to succeed in medical school.
I've worked very hard to keep my academics above average while taking rigorous courses, working almost full-time, and participating in the club basketball team. Opportunities such as this unique course at NC State are amazing, but unfortunately, don't come easy. I ask you to help me reach my goal so I can help others in need and gain experience in a medical service trip to Belize this summer. Any small donation or simply passing the word along to others helps! I greatly appreciate all of your support; please be aware that your help never goes unnoticed. Happy holidays to all!
- Tara Owens Shuler
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