Fellow:Brianna McLeod (2023)
Brianna McLeod is an 18-year-old born on January 6, 2005. She was born and raised in Queens, New York. Brianna is a second-year Biology Pre-Medicine scholar at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. From a very young age, she has had a lot of ambition and determination to reach her goals. It started when she skipped a grade in elementary school, and her hunger for success grew. Brianna always aspired to make a change in her community and wanted to become a doctor. In college, she maintained a 4.0 GPA, and while taking seven classes, she participated in various community service events and organizations. As a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Teaching Of Youth Science, and the National Society of Black Women, Brianna tutors students in math and science, volunteers at Tallahassee’s local soup kitchen, builds ramps who the disabled, and more. In addition to that, Brianna also demonstrates leadership amongst her peers. In the Jamaican-American Student Association, Brianna holds the title of secretary. In this position, Brianna plans and documents meetings and events, communicates with the members of the E-Board and Cabinet about tasks, and is in charge of ensuring everyone is doing their part to ensure the success and growth of the organization.
Additionally, Brianna strives to expand her knowledge of the medical world. For example, Brianna is a member of Florida State University Undergraduate Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence Program and the Clinical Shadowing and Mentorship Program. In these programs, Brianna mentors and tutors high school students participates in volunteer services, and networks with various physicians. While Brianna is learning about the medical field, she is also taking the steps to gain hands-on patient experience. Over the summer in New York, Brianna, as a member of Mentoring In Medicine, worked as a volunteer at the Montefiore Emergency Department. She cleaned and dressed stretchers, restocked supplies, and comforted patients. Also, Brianna is currently taking a Clinical Medical Assistant course, where she is learning about the fundamentals of electrocardiography, phlebotomy, and assessment and management skills of patient care.
Even though academics are essential to Brianna, she is not within her personality and interests. Brianna loves music and singing. For many years, Brianna has competitively sang, done musical theater, and enjoyed expanding her musical knowledge. Some of her favorite artists are Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, and Jill Scott. Brianna also loves to dance and step and continues to do this in college. Brianna enjoys journaling, reading comics, and binging TV shows. Brianna’s favorite show would be Bridgerton.
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