I am incredibly excited for this opportunity — spending the summer outdoors among the beautiful lakes of Lawrence, Kansas will be an adventure for sure. To let you know a little about me, my name is Hema (Hey-ma) and I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hail from Augusta, Georgia, somewhere you probably have never heard of unless you are interested in golf. I was born and raised there and have a big family with two brothers and two sisters. For fun, I really enjoy pleasure reading, something I do not get to do often unless you count my online subscription to Scientiﬁc American. I also love activities on the water like canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and white water rafting.
I obtained my degree in Public Health in a program which specializes in the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of disease in respect to medical nutrition and other areas critical to public health. I spent my years at Carolina actively participating in HIV/AIDS arts advocacy in North Carolina, grassroots advocacy in Uganda, and political advocacy locally. I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D degree for clinical HIV/AIDS research.
You may be wondering — what is this girl doing in Kansas? My desire to work with SCA comes from my deep-seated enthusiasm for new people and new places. I have been very focused on my career path and I’d like to pause for a moment to challenge myself and expand my horizons. I am delighted for the opportunity to be trained in Wilderness First Aid and gain valuable experience in data collection. I identify with the mission of the SCA and am thrilled to learn, explore, and grow in the next few months.