Medical Student, Baylor College of Medicine
Major: Public Health (Business Minor)
College: University of Texas
ServeHere Internship: Chicon Pregnancy Resource Center
More than a dozen mission trips to Nicaragua had shown Kathryn how God had wired her to love Him and serve the poor. While many of her peers in college grappled with where their lives were headed, Kathryn’s experiences enabled her to confidently focus on acquiring the academic and experiential background needed to follow God’s calling into the field of medicine. An acceptance letter from the Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top-ranked medical programs in the country, was an encouraging reward for Kathryn’s faithfulness and hard work.
While at UT, Kathryn also sought to add new worldviews and capabilities to her toolset by augmenting her Public Health major with a minor in Business. On campus, Kathryn excelled in the classroom. Outside of school, she made the time to volunteer as a mentor with troubled students through Austin Partners in Education and she even hosted Mad Science, an after-school science program for elementary aged children.
Through serving, Kathryn had developed a love for the nations and an appreciation for cultures vastly different than her own. In total, Kathryn served on more than 20 mission trips to Nicaragua, Mexico and around the US. She was able to further cultivate that love and understanding through her studies in a Semester at Sea program that took her to cities in more than 12 countries around the world.
Given Kathryn’s broad skills and interests, her ServeHere summer experience incorporated different kinds of activities with two faith-based non-profit organizations. Kathryn spent most of her days at the Chicon Pregnancy Resource Center, helping the organization improve their marketing to clients, volunteers and donors. Given her medical interests, Kathryn also worked clinic days at the Hope Medical Clinic, an organization focused on meeting the health care needs of people, like refugees, who have fallen between the gaps in our medical insurance system.
"During my time at ServeHere I learned an immense amount about myself, my faith, and the highs and lows of working in the non-profit world. My summer at CRPC and Hope Clinic was one of the highlights of my college career as it not only equipped me with skills I need to be a professional but also with skills to be a confident Christ-centered physician as I begin my career in the medical field."
For an Austin native who has traveled the world, ironically, Kathryn is experiencing her first full-time residence outside her hometown. While the medical school curriculum doesn’t allow her much free time to explore Houston, she is enjoying her challenging new environment in one the largest cities in the country and the largest medical center in the world.