Jacquelyn Dang

Illinois, United States

Mentoring, Advising, Shadowing

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Hi guys! My name is Jacquelyn, and I am a second year medical student. I graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychobiology. I took four gap years between undergrad and medical school to travel the world, work, and volunteer.

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I am currently interested in pursuing Dermatology and am part of the Community and Global Health Honors Program at Loyola.

Following college, I took off four years and worked for an international non-profit organization, which allowed me to travel to resource-poor countries around the world and help establish cervical cancer prevention clinics. I've visited Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala, China, and Vietnam through my work. (Outside of work, I've also traveled to Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, and backpacked through Thailand and Vietnam!) It was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person, and I do not regret a single second of it. So if any of you have reservations about taking gap years for fear that you would be considered "behind" when you finally matriculate, let me be the first (if not millionth) person to tell you to dismiss those negative thoughts!

If you haven't figured it out already, I have a passion for travel and exploration. I love nature and the outdoors. My hobbies include hiking, camping, and trying new cuisine and restaurants. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about taking gap years, global health, school-life balance, applying for medical school, and medical school in general. Please do not hesitate to contact me!