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LAUREN ANDREWS

Major: Biochemistry

The fall term of her senior year tested Lauren Andrews in her ability to balance her studies and her personal life. “Priorizing my mental health was really important because I found that I needed to be in a healthy state of mind to be able to achieve my goals,” she said. “This is the first year that I fully understand what it means to manage college and adulthood.”

Andrews said she’s gotten used to distance learning during the pandemic, so upon returning to in-person classes, she’s had to focus on finding a good balance between her studies and extracurricular activities.

She added that the last winter term confirmed her decision to major in biochemistry. “I think it’s so fascinating to be able to understand how certain things work together to make up the rest of the world.”

During the height of the pandemic, she worked as an intern alongside Healthy Davis Together, her responsibilities were to come up with activities for the community to participate in during the quarantine period and strategies to condense the spread of the virus. She was also part of the student-run RIVER Pediatric Clinic at UC Davis, a program that provided her with clinical experience that will help her gain the skills she needs to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician.

“I have worked with children since I was 14 and I love being with them. I believe it is important to ensure their mental, physical and emotional well-being, as children’s experiences impact the rest of their lives,” Andrews said.

She still works with RIVER and recently started working in Thomas Jue’s research lab on campus. The lab researched how to improve kidney disease through the implementation of exercises and whether there is a link between autism and diabetes.

“One of the things I’m most proud of would be working for the mobile pediatric clinic that is now actively running. I am very pleased with our progress and we are now planning to implement an eye program for students which provides them with free glasses,” Andrews said.

After taking her MCAT in freshman year, she decided to take a year off after graduation and will work full-time as a behavioral therapist with children with autism. She will apply to as many medical schools as possible, in and out of state. One of his other goals after graduation is to become a medical secretary for an emergency room.

“I have worked with children since I was 14 and I love being with them. I believe it is important to ensure their mental, physical and emotional well-being, as children’s experiences impact the rest of their lives,” Andrews said.

When she’s not busy studying or working, Andrews enjoys doing all things water related.

“I’m just an aquatic person – I love to surf, swim and scuba dive. Last year I reached 100 meters in scuba diving and this year I want to reach another 100 meters. I could see a cloud of hydrogen sulfide; it was the coolest thing. It’s such a rare experience, being able to see the depths of the ocean that no one else has seen before is truly mesmerizing.


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