She may look mild mannered, but have no doubt – Katrina Huft is fighting to save other’s lives.
This 20-year old University of Southern California (USC) student is on the Dean’s list, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the National Honor Society for her perfect grades, but it’s what she aspires to that has caught national attention…
Huft recently entered the International Volunteer “Alternative Break” competition where students from all over the world are invited to submit an essay on what they would like to do over their spring or summer break. Huft wrote that as a pre-med student, she would like to volunteer to work in 3rd world countries, providing health and medical services to people in need.
She is especially interested in brain disorders and mental health issues, because those types of medical and healthcare services are rarely provided in developing nations. She learned about these disorders as a researcher at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where she is working on important studies in childhood brain diseases.
From over 2,000 entries, the field has been whittled down to just 8. Now, the public is voting on who will receive their volunteer assignment.
The work will be challenging, but Huft is no stranger to hard work. Raised by a single father, she learned 3 languages by the age of 14 and won several international competitions on piano. She also maintained a straight A grade point and received numerous scholarships to attend USC, where she is a Neuroscience major. She plans on attending medical school after graduation.
Let’s support this remarkable student that wants to help heal the world.
Voting ends March 3. Vote carefully.