Hi, my name is Emily, I am a sophomore HSHM Major. I am so grateful every day to be at Yale, not only because I love school spirit and the amazing opportunities Yale provides, but also because of the community we have here. Yale, and Davenport especially, creates such a home for its students that really encourages growth and giving back to the world that we all live in. Such community service is something that has always held a special place in my heart. I was born with cleft lip and palate, a facial birth defect that affect one in every seven hundred children. Growing up, it was at times difficult to face the criticism from my peers and numerous surgical procedures. However, such experiences helped me ultimately decide the career path I want to take in life. During my high school junior year chemistry class, we watched an emotional video about all the negative health effects of nuclear radiation in Chernobyl, Ukraine. I was both captivated and inspired watching the doctors heal children born with a myriad of defects. The video also caused me to realize how fortunate I am to live in a nation where I am able to easily get the proper operations for my facial and dental issues. Therefore, my ultimate career goal is to become a facial surgeon for a cleft lip and palate association, like Operation Smile, that works to heal children in Third World countries. I hope to use my Yale education to not only bring me one step closer to a career with a nonprofit organization, but also to further develop my passion for helping those in need.
While the premed struggle bus is a big part of my life, my favorite part of being at Yale is being in Something Extra. As the pitch of SE, I am able to make many musical decisions and develop my vision for the group as as fun, energetic, and musically diverse. I grew up with three brothers, so joining SE has been my chance to gain many sisters in my life. Lucky for me, SE has a strong Davenport contingency, so I never go a day without seeing some of my closest friends in the dining hall, or as we like to call it, the SE headquarters. We just got back from performing in Europe together over Spring break, and we all already miss seeing each other 24/7.
Outside of SE, you can find me every other Friday cooking (objectively) the best quesadillas in the dive, or watching Gilmore Girls reruns in any spare time I have. I have so much pride and joy in being a bulldog and a gnome, and can’t wait to see where the next two years take me!