Fish River Tribe of White Mountain
Gates Millennium Program
Environmental Studies and Pre-med
- Volunteer at Connecticut Hospice: 3 hours per week, November 2016 to present. I volunteer at America’s very first hospice, which is dedicated to making the end of life as comfortable and dignified as possible. My duties include assisting patients and their families, attending to administrative tasks, assisting nurses, and interacting with patients. It is truly a fulfilling experience being able to positively impact the lives of patients and their families during a difficult time.
- Volunteer lab worker: 10 hours per week, September 2016 to present. I work in a stem cell lab in the Cardiovascular Medicine department at my university. I contribute to multiple projects in the lab, and my duties include culturing cells and performing various experiments when I am needed.
- Volunteer lab worker: 6 hours per week, November 2015 – May 2016. I worked in a neuroscience behavioral lab, in which the behavior of mice was studied. I trained mice to complete behavioral tasks.
- Yale DEMOS: 2 hours per week, January-May 2015. I conducted weekly science demonstrations with a partner in a 5th-grade classroom. I was able to spark an interest in science in the minds of young students, and they seemed increasingly inspired to continue their scientific learning after each demonstration. Demonstration topics included chromatography, the physics of light, electricity, and atoms and molecules.
I am Nicole, a strong-willed and hard-working young woman who is interested in medicine, the environment, and public health. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the beautiful state of Washington, where the spirits of my Native American ancestors fill the forests, lakes, and mountains that live around me. I am currently a junior at Yale University, where I am learning more than I ever thought possible – in both academic and non-academic settings. I have learned many life lessons during my time spent on the East Coast, where I am exposed to an incredibly diverse array of cultures, races, ideas, and perspectives every day. I am a pre-medical student, as my long-term career goal is to become a doctor in family practice. My major is in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Health; I hope to integrate knowledge of plant medicine into my future studies as a medical student, especially as it relates to traditional Native American healing practices. Every day, I work my hardest to pursue my goals, and I am excited for what my future has in store.