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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!

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