Merit Scholar Profiles: Hannah Kennedy
Kent State University class of 2017
Trustee Scholarship, Honor's Merit Scholarship, Sharon Sigel Memorial Scholarship, Panhellenic Council Individual Academic Excellence Award, Provost's leadership Academy Scholarship, President's List, Dean's List
President of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Undergraduate Research Assistant, volunteer at the local University Hospital Portage Medical Center, member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, University Tutor in the Academic Success Center
Why did you choose the Atlantis Project?
I chose the Atlantis Fellowship because I wanted to experience healthcare that was different from our own while being able to have an impactful study abroad experience. As a pre-med student there aren't many opportunities to go abroad. As this was one of my main goals coming into college, I wanted to experience it as well as continue to develop myself as an aspiring physician overseas.
HOW IS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT UNIQUE?
The Atlantis Project is unique in that it provides you with the opportunity to a doorway of diversity, culture, and a lifetime of memories, all while learning new things and experiencing a different side to medicine. AP not only allows you to learn in a hospital, but it also places you in the most beautiful places in locations they know you will thrive and thoroughly enjoy.
DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:
Affirming, Inspirational, Once-in-a-lifetime.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?
Every day during my week I got to spend all day side by side physicians who were committed to teaching me and allowing me to experience as much as I possibly could. The physicians there truly cared about my development as a physician and took me in as one of their own immediately. They would always stop in the middle of a case and teach me the ins and outs of a presentation as well as walked me through the personal aspect of patient interaction. The knowledge, compassion, and appreciation I came out of this experience with was definitely the most meaningful aspect of my time in Hospital Público General De Almansa.
What was your favorite experience as an atlantis fellow?
My favorite experience as an Atlantis Fellow was being immersed in this experience as a team with the other fellows. I made lifelong connections with the other seven students I was with in Almansa. Whether it was catching lunch during a break at the hospital, grabbing coffee before walking over together, discussing what we learned over dinner at the local Almansa Cafe, or adventuring through the town, I know that one day I can call them as a colleague and a friend and they will always be there.
what are your post-grad plans?
As I am graduating a semester early in the winter, I plan to take my 6-month gap prior to matriculating into medical school traveling wherever I possibly can. This experience definitely planted an everlasting feeling of wanderlust in me!
HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
AP has been instrumental in reaching my goals in becoming a physician such that it deepened values of teamwork, independence, and diversity within myself. It also affirmed the notion without an ounce of a doubt that becoming a physician is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing--that all of the hard work is worth it because I will one day be doing something that does not feel like a job.