Scholar Spotlight: Alejandro Zarate
School: University of Iowa || Major: Health and Human Physiology
Alejandro is majoring in Health and Human Physiology on a Pre-Med track. Click on this link to read our full interview with Alejandro and discover the different ways he has expanded his medical experiences, such as through working at a clinic and volunteering at Mobile Clinic!
What opportunities or experiences have you been able to take part in that you might not have been able to without the scholarship?
Thanks to the Lois Dale Scholarship, I was able to access opportunities at the University of Iowa that will help me on the path toward becoming a physician. Without the scholarship, I would not have learned about programs like the Summer Health Professionals Education Program (SHPEP) that are focused on helping minorities be successful in the healthcare field.
What is the most interesting thing you have done or are planning to do to explore or gain experience in your career field?
The most interesting thing I plan to do is study abroad in Guatemala and learn medical procedures while experiencing a new culture.
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
I currently work at a clinic, which helps me expand my medical focus. I also volunteer at Mobile Clinic, an organization run by health students in the Iowa City area that provides free health screening, prevention, education and basic health services to under-served populations.
What is something important you’ve learned, outside of class, since you’ve started college?
I’ve learned that it’s impossible to juggle dozens of things at once. Pick what you’re most passionate about and don’t let anything distract you from achieving your dream.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My family members are my biggest inspiration because they taught me to get up and keep moving on the dark days and help others on the good days.