My name is Ruth Manzanares, a junior from Pomona, California, where I graduated from Claremont High School in 2014. I am currently working on completing my Pre-Med requirements at Amherst College, building the foundation of my professional medical career. I am a Spanish and American Studies double major with a focus on Latino Studies. On campus I am part of a few student groups. A couple of these groups are the First Generation Association, La Causa, the Latinx affinity group on campus, and Amherst College's Emergency Medical Service (ACEMS) as a volunteer first responder. I am also involved in the newly formed chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program where college students are trained to perform kidney screenings to communities that usually don’t have access or knowledge of such screenings. I am looking forward continue my work in Being Human in STEm and to what is to come as I move forward in my Amherst education.
This semester, I am working on the "Best Practices" project, which surveys both peer institutions and the existing body of academic literature to determine the most supportive and encouraging environments in which STEM students can thrive.
I also wrote a blogpost about my experiences attending the 43rd Annual Latino Medical Student Association Conference, hosted by the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.