Scholar Spotlight: Hao Chen
Senior at University of Iowa
“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on school and not worry about paying for college. It has also allowed me to meet other scholars. I am very thankful and appreciative for the Lois Dale scholarship.”
What is the most interesting thing you have done to gain experience in your career field?
I am working as a nursing assistant and am performing delirium research to gain experience in the medical field. However, I think the most interesting thing I’ve done is to work with a peer to start a student organization called Community Health Outreach Promotion Association. Health disparity is a huge problem in the United States, and this organization allows me to support the underserved population. Just recently, we handed out 30 health kits to patients at the Community Health Free Clinic.
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
I am a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I began mentoring a middle schooler during my freshman year of college. I am proud to see the progress that he has made from when we first met. In the future, I plan on working as a physician in a medically underserved area.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
My biggest accomplishment has been getting into medical school. I have wanted to become a doctor since high school and have worked hard toward that goal. It was surreal to receive notification of my first medical school acceptance.
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
I would advise any freshman to get involved. Find a mentor. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy your college experience because these four years will fly by.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Without a doubt, my parents are my biggest inspiration. They sacrificed so much for me and are the hardest working people I know.
What’s a fun fact we should know about you?
It took me three tries to pass the driver’s ed driving test. So, my best advice is never give up!