Merit Scholar Profiles: Alexandra Roper
Ferrol, Spain - Winter 2017
Indiana University - Bloomington class of 2016
Biochemistry, Biology, Spanish
I have been accepted at University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine as well as Indiana University School of Medicine.
Indiana University Founders Scholar, Department of Chemistry Honor Roll, College of Arts & Sciences Executive Dean's List, the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society Member, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Ashley Crouse Memorial Scholarship Winner, Hutton Honors College Hutton International Experiences Program Grant Winner, Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Cum Laude Academic Distinction
Personal Trainer/YogaFit/Les Mills Group Exercise Instructor, Peer Mentorship, Hutton Honors College Council Association Chairman of Philanthropy, EMS First Aid volunteer, research assistant, Café Hispano Spanish Conversation Club, personal tutor, Epiphany Modeling Troupe, Ophthalmic Technician and Scribe
why did you choose the Atlantis fellowship?
My goal for my gap year was to seek reputable opportunities that would allow me to travel, practice speaking Spanish, and work directly with patients. The Atlantis Project offered a unique combination of prestige from the competitive admissions process, complete cultural immersion, and diverse experiences shadowing in multiple hospital departments. It also allowed me to be adventurous and have fun exploring a new country and its culture. This combination made the Atlantis Project the best choice for me.
HOW IS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT UNIQUE?
The Atlantis Project facilitates the opportunity for Fellows to experience the lifestyle of physicians in their assigned country. In my experience, Fellows serve in smaller, less international cities where they shadow in the hospital for several hours. This provides a realistic perspective on what it would be like to be a physician in that department. This insight will guide me as I enter medical school and select a specialty for my career.
DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:
Insightful. Inspiring. Incredible.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AS AN ATLANTIS FELLOW?
The friendships I made along the way. I worked with other amazing Fellows, my site director was like my second mom, I made great connections with the doctors I shadowed, and I even got to know some local people. I will forever value the shared experiences I have with each person who helped make my experience unforgettable.
What are your post-grad plans?
I graduated in May of 2016, and since then I have worked in an ophthalmology practice as a technician and scribe. I arranged my time so I would have opportunities to shadow and do research in the United States and overseas. I will be matriculating into medical school in the fall of 2017.
HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
The AP diversified my clinical experiences by showing me four new areas of medicine. It also exposed me to Spanish language in a medical context (although language skills were not required), which makes me an asset to Spanish-speaking populations. Furthermore, it gave me perspective about the lifestyle of a doctor and informed me about the functionality of a system with universal healthcare.