About the Campaign
An alumna of Chinquapin Preparatory, Carmen is now a sophomore at Knox College. She is majoring in biochemistry and minoring in international relations and German. Carmen is a McNair scholar and will attend a graduate school after college. She wants to complete a PHD/MD program.
At Knox, Carmen works two campus jobs translating for the financial aid office and at the Kleine Center for Community Service. She is also active on campus–softball, lo nuestro and Mech, and community service with the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity in activities like Best Buddies and the Food Recovery Network.
Carmen’s future and dreams are best understood from her words:
“I consider myself a very driven individual because of how I was brought up; I have a lot that I want to accomplish in life in order to make my parents proud and give them everything they have given me. Growing up, it did not seem like we had anything missing, but as I have grown older I realize that were it not for the sacrifices my parents made, I would not have had the experiences I did and would not be where I am today.
I would like to finish my education from a four year university and will have studied abroad in Germany. I plan to work for the Peace Corps for two years in a third world country. Once I become a doctor, I will also apply for the Doctors Without Borders program. I would then like to continue my studies and then to serve in the Air Force as a bio-technician or doctor.
Each of the four things I have mentioned, I have envisioned myself completing since I was a child. I would ultimately like to work in the cancer unit of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in my right knee last May and need to spend some time researching the disease. Cancer is not something that has conquered me yet, and if granted the opportunity through this program or through my own volition, I will research cancer and hopefully get closer to finding a cure.”
I want to be in a good financial place and be able to take care of my parents and help put my younger brother through college.
Carmen’s shares her heart for service (and APO):
“I was the president of my school’s community service program my senior year and felt a bit empty my first few months of college because I did not know of any organizations that promoted service above self, and then I found Alpha Phi Omega. It was through this service fraternity, that I fell in love with community service. There were many individuals who put service above themselves and who came from all parts of the country. They have taught me to be self-less and have encouraged me to give more of my time. I am in charge of helping organize a reunion of sorts amongst other chapters in our region on our college’s campus and it is the biggest task I have handled yet, but I know it will be great. I am always looking for ways and time to give.”
Carmen summarizes herself with these words:
“I am someone worth investing because not only am I motivated to realize my dreams, but I do give back to my community and will continue to. I do not come from much and want to take myself and my family to a better, more educated place and will not let things like debt and low income stop me or prevent me from becoming a more educated member of society.”
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