Scholar Profile: Personal history with medicine pointing AnBryce Scholar to a future in pharmaceuticals

Author: Sarah Kubinski

Emily Medina

Emily Medina ’18 feels like she spent most of her childhood sick and in hospitals. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had talented and dedicated doctors and pharmacists.” Always interested in science, she majors in biochemistry at Notre Dame. Initially, she thought she would follow up her undergraduate studies with medical school, but now, after some college and a job at a local pharmacy, she is looking at a career in pharmacy. Unclear whether she will track towards industry or research, she knows that there are a lot of options for her.

AnBryce has helped Emily with these ever-refining goals by being her steadfast support system. “I have met the most amazing people through AnBryce.” She admits her rigorous course and lab schedule does not allow much time for making connections outside her major. AnBryce helps unite her with others similar to her in some ways and quite different in others. On her immersion trip to Washington DC, her favorite memory was doing a 360-degree flight simulator with fellow 2018 scholar, Salonee Seecharan. “We flipped over so many times. The pictures were perfect.”

When Emily is not in class or participating in AnBryce activities, she is often performing with Notre Dame’s bagpipe band. In charge of the drumline “I somehow convinced Felix (Mayorga Alverez ’19) to join and play the bass drum for us.” No one is more surprised than Emily that she does occasionally find time to sleep!