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Armando Morales

Major/Minor:

Public Health Major/ Education Minor

Hometown:

San Jose, CA

What are some of your involvements?

CoChair-Chican@s/Latin@s in Health & Education, Health Advocate at Highland Hospital, Research Assistant (on topics about Medicaid/Medical and Public Health resources for newly released prisoners) at the School of Public Health, Biology Scholars Program, and Soccer on the weekends.

What are your career goals? 

Although I come from a culture where food borne diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity are extremely prevalent, people are not always informed about forms of prevention. As a result, I aspire to become a Pediatrician who specializes in health prevention by creating programs that focus in empowering youth from low income families to become the next generation of health leaders to help their families live a healthy lifestyle. 

What are some of your hobbies? 

I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family. I also enjoy trying different foods, hiking on trails that put me to the test, watching movies that make me laugh or think about life and playing sports with my friends. Lastly, whenever I have the chance I love volunteering and making a small difference one step at a time. 

Why are you a EOP STEM Coordinator? 

As a 1st generation student immersing myself into the pre-med track at UC Berkeley has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Even though I have met failure, I have also found myself learning and succeeding. As I continue my journey I know that there will be many more challenges to face, but I have come to realize that I am not alone in my journey and know that by becoming a health professional I can have a positive impact into the health gaps present in underrepresented communities.  

The one big different that could have made my transition smoother would of been an environment where I was not just perceived by my grades, but by the unique individual I am. As an EOP STEM Coordinator, I plan on providing the same confidence and comfort that I have found in order to help individuals from underrepresented backgrounds succeed in STEM. 

Interesting Fact: 

Volunteered at a community farm for four years while in high school where I enjoyed picking corn off the cob.