Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Nguyen

Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Nguyen

After being sent home to Hawaii from University of Pennsylvania to continue her education online due to the pandemic, Lauren Nguyen found that she needed something meaningful to occupy her time.

 “I needed to just get out of the house but volunteering with IHS has completely changed my life.” As a clerical and support volunteer in the medical clinic, Lauren has found her calling working in health care. Her experiences have changed her perspective dramatically about homelessness. Her compassion and empathy for others has grown and she has changed her plan to complete her PhD in neuroscience to apply to medical school.

Lauren takes her MCATS in just a few months. Dr. Nakatsuka has been a huge influence on me. “He is even helping me prepare for medical school. One day, I would love to give back to the community and run my own free medical clinic here in Hawaii.” Lauren’s appreciation for Hawaii has also been reinvigorated. “It’s a special community. Taking care of one another is really a special part of our culture here.”

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