Buenos Aires Bound!

Hi! My name is Justine Mamrol and I am currently finishing my Freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. I am originally from Philly, but I grew up in Ashburn, VA (about 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.). I love doing anything that involves being outdoors and seeing new things. I’ve always played sports, so I also love being part of a team. I was very active as a kid, and I am very thankful to have been exposed to a lot of different things while I was growing up. I grew up in a very diverse area, which triggered my interest in people different from myself. I took multiple classes in high school that taught me about various cultures and how one’s religion, culture, ethnicity, etc. affects how they think and live. Additionally, my family loves traveling, and because of that, I have visited quite a few countries, and many different areas in the United States. I am super excited to add Argentina to my list of places as my first South American country!

Here at Pitt, I am a working towards my Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a certificate in Global Health. I hope to work as a nurse in the United States but be active in improving global health after I graduate. I want to volunteer with organizations like the Red Cross or UNICEF and improve access to preventative care measures for people, especially children, in areas that need it. Outside of the classroom, I am a board member for Pitt Dance Marathon, which is the largest student organization at Pitt. All year, we raise money & awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon in March. This March, we raised $338,609.34! I love being part of PDM’s board and I can’t wait for next year. This spring, I also became a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, which has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends.

I am thrilled to be departing for Argentina so soon! When I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to take any opportunity I could to study abroad when I finally got to college. As a nursing major, I unfortunately am not able to study abroad for an entire semester due to the course load and clinical rotations. I immediately started to look into summer programs that would match well with my Global Health certificate, and thankfully I found Plus3! I am interested to see the variations in the types of healthcare facilities in Argentina from community-health centers to major hospitals. I think that comparing the United States’ healthcare system and Argentina’s will be beneficial as I continue working on my Global Health certificate, because I want to examine various countries and how their governments handle healthcare and how the unique health concerns in each country respond to these systems. By taking part in Plus3 Argentina, my personal horizons will be expanded, my academics will be boosted, and my professional career will benefit from the experiences I will have and the people I will encounter.

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