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“For me to lead a fulfilling life, I must do meaningful work, and to me that means incorporating social justice into my practice of medicine.”
PROFILE: Whether she is working as a researcher for epidemiological study in Denmark, or, as she is currently, serving in the Peace Corps as a community health and HIV/AIDS volunteer in Namibia, Lucy Marcil credits dance with giving her a creative outlook. “This encouraged me not to automatically seek the most accepted positions and approaches. It is this creativity for which I am most grateful, for it is from questioning, not rote learning, that true intellect develops.”
Working with an NGO in Namibia has raised the bar for Lucy when it comes to creative challenges. She grapples daily with triage questions, making difficult choices about whom to help first when so many people are in need. With her strong desire to work both in public health policy and internal medicine, Lucy plans to pursue multidisciplinary training following medical school.
INSPIRATION: Lucy’s archaeologist-turned-teacher mother is her inspiration. She was instrumental in encouraging Lucy’s interest in science. “She was self-sacrificing and spent years dedicated to raising her children, but also refused to relinquish her need to find individual happiness.”
ASPIRATION: Lucy plans to become a physician with a focus on global health equity.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: While working at the Fast Forward Community Technology Center, Lucy developed and led a science camp for at-risk adolescent girls. She also developed curriculum for an after-school science program at a shelter for homeless youth.
ACCOLADES: Lucy was invited to display a poster at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa that year, and is a two-time recipient of the Davidson College Community Service Award.
INTERESTING FACT: Lucy has worked as a horse carriage driver, offering historic tours around her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.
George Washington University
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar