Jennifer (or Jen) was born and raised in the suburbs of sunny San Diego. To experience seasons, she moved to Boston to study Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University. In college she took part in the Filipino culture club, a neuroscience honor society, and multiple hip-hop dance troupes. As Jen worked her way through the “pre-med checklist” of research, leadership, shadowing, and volunteer work, she found an interest in public health disparities and social determinants of health.
After graduation, Jen joined Teach for America and moved to New Orleans for two years. Jen quickly learned the humility of serving others within a restrictive and unjust system. Her time in the classroom has become a defining component of both her medical school application and her character, and in addition to getting her MD, Jen will also complete a Masters in Public Health.
Jen began as a student with Passport Admissions midway through her undergraduate career and felt supported throughout the entire journey. From start to finish, she enjoyed everything about the application process, from studying for the MCAT to writing each secondary essay. Maybe she’s a nerd, or maybe she’s just genuinely interested in the intellect, discipline, commitment, and self-reflection that comes with applying to medical school. Either way, she is passionate about medicine, education, and working with others towards their own goals and ambitions.