Emily Simso is a marketing intern at Vinland’s residential site in Loretto. She is a Biology Major, Dance Minor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and will graduate in May, 2017.
Why are you interested in your field of study?
I’m planning to attend medical school after undergrad with the hope of pursuing a career focused on public health and improving international healthcare systems. Plus, I just really like science.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
Mental health is oftentimes ignored or underfunded in our healthcare system and I like seeing how Vinland fits into the picture as a treatment facility. I also like the holistic approach at Vinland.
What are your goals after graduation?
To do a year of post-graduate service in the Pacific Northwest (possibly JVC NW or Community Health Corps) and then go to medical school (hopefully UCLA).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love being outside (hiking, canoeing, kayaking), spending time with friends, and reading!
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet?
Paul Farmer because of the work he does with international public health and the emphasis he places on the intersectionality of social justice issues.
What is your spirit animal?
A manatee – they just like hanging out with their friends and are pretty mellow
What is your favorite book, movie, TV show?
My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and my favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.
What song best describes your life?
“The Only Place” by Best Coast – it’s really upbeat and about loving life on the west coast!