Taylor Ann Truong
Year: Graduating in 2016; Junior Year
Major: Public Health Science
1. National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
I entered this honor society as a first year in the hopes of meeting new people and learning more about myself. Through Success Networking Team meetings and Leadership Training seminars provided, I was able to gain networking skills and leadership skills as well as discover my own career passions. With the strong positive impact I felt from the honor society, I interned for the remainder of my first year while completing my induction steps to become an official member of the organization. I eventually pursued a board position to become a part of the workings of the honor society. For this following year, I will be the Co-President of NSLS in order to “build leaders who make a better world.”
2. UCI Medical Center Volunteer
I also have been volunteering at the UCI Medical Center since I was a first year. After completing 35 hours in the general office, I transferred to the Emergency Department for less than a year before transferring to the UCI Gavin Eye Institute in the Recovery Surgery room where I currently volunteer with a small staff of nurses and eye doctors.
What does diversity mean to me:
I believe diversity represents a big melting pot of different races and cultures mixed together. It encompasses the ideals and beliefs held by each group and recognizes the differences between each group. Diversity not only accepts each group to be different, but embraces the differences represented in each group by breaking down walls instead of creating them. I think diversity is very important in medicine as the field must be able to understand these dimensions of diversity and overcome any barriers in order to find the best method of treatment for each group in the big melting pot of society.