Blogside Manner: Extracurriculars???

Hi friends! I’m Samuel Cai, and I’m blogger for Blogside Manner and Office Hour. For Blogside Manner, I discuss what it’s like to be a Pre-med student at the best university in the world!

One of the most important things about being a premed student is getting involved in extracurriculars. Globemed is a great one to start with.

There are a lot of volunteer clubs here at Brown; it can be disorienting to the myriad of options available at the student activities fair. In the end, I settled on Globemed, and it is incredible.

What I love about Globemed is that while it is a nation wide and globe wide public health effort, it is also very much a local project, with its main focus being supporting a grassroots organization in Kenya called U-Tena. In this way, Globemed focuses on system wide public health intervention, such as with partnerships with other Globemed chapters (i.e Hilltop Conference hosted by Columbia Globemed), while still maintaining the intimate nature of a personal connection (i.e a 6 week internship with U-Tena in Kenya over the summer). Furthermore, every week Globemed gives a new public health related concept presentation, with topics ranging from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in relation with drug policy to ecotourism and its effect on public health, providing exposure to new topics relevant to medicine as well.

The most important factor in picking what extracurriculars to get involved in is finding what matches your passions. For me, Globemed is the perfect fit. For you, it could be something else, but I know you can find it here at Brown.

Have any questions or any topics you’d like to see covered on Blogside Manner? Send me an email at samuel_cai@brown.edu!

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