Merit Scholar Profiles: Nicholas Tucker
La Plata, Argentina
The University of Notre Dame class of 2017
Neuroscience and Behavior
Stamps Scholar, ND Monogram Club
Student Athletic Trainer, Memory Lab Research, Student Assistant for the Alliance for Catholic Education, Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist
Why did you choose the atlantis Project?
The Atlantis Fellowship offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine my passions for medicine and Spanish. This was the only opportunity I could find that would allow me to improve these two areas concurrently while still being an undergraduate so that I could open up the amount of people I can serve in the future.
HOW IS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT UNIQUE?
The Atlantis Project is very in touch with the evolving world that we live in. Having the ability to understand different cultures and languages is more important today than ever before, especially in the medical field. Doctors have an obligation to not only know about the various backgrounds of their patients but also to have the ability to connect with them--which only comes with full exposure into different cultures and a desire to appreciate and learn about both our similarities and differences.
DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:
Insightful. Humbling, Life-Changing.
what was your favorite experience as a fellow?
The best part of the Atlantis Fellowship was the day-to-day interactions I had with the Argentine people, whether in the hospital, at the hotel, or even out to eat at the local restaurants. The people of La Plata were so welcoming to us, and I am still in contact today with many of the people I met.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?
I truly enjoyed being able to witness how compassionate the doctors and residents were at the hospital. They gave every patient their full attention and time to make sure that they were cared for to the best of their ability, despite the constraints with which they had to deal. I also was inspired by the neurosurgeries I was able to witness, which have helped me discern what I want to do with my future in medicine.
HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
I walked away from the experience knowing a lot more about various medical fields (pediatrics, surgery, etc.), increasing my Spanish fluency dramatically, and learning an abundant amount about the dynamic culture that exists in Argentina.
I plan to attend medical school, and am already accepted.