Hey everyone! My name is Amber and I'm a rising sophomore majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. I enjoy playing soccer, making keychains and bracelets, and trying different protective hairstyles. I have a fairly large family that comes from or lives on every continent (except Antartica of course). My dad is Chinese Jamaican and Portuguese, and my mom is black, white, and Native American. Although I don't appreciate the term, I had the nickname of "mut" growing up. But having parents of multiple different cultures has made my daily life and familial interactions feel like a melting pot. It's interesting to see peoples reactions when someone who does not look like the stereotypical Jamaican speak patois and have an accent. Experiences like this have given me an open mind and appreciate how everyone maybe be unique or of different backgrounds and yet interconnected.
Over the years, I've come to identify as African American and embrace that part of my heritage. This includes trying different protective hairstyles to keep my natural curls healthy, listening to old and new jazz music, and learning as much as possible about the history of black people in America. Jazz is definitely one of my favorite genres, but I also enjoy Hip Hop, R&B, and pop.
I love to read historical and sci-fi genre books and watch sci-fi and action movies. Even more so, I love to travel with every fiber of my being. I've been to Jamaica to see family, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and now the United Kingdom. In the DR, I volunteered on a medical brigade and learned a great deal about infant and maternal health. I learned similar concepts and practices in Peru, and saw how Western and native medicine coincide and work together. I’d like to do research in this subfield of public health when I return to USF as well. After my undergraduate years, I hope to get a masters degree in Global Health or Medical Anthropology, and later matriculate to medical school. The concept of humans as they migrate and change over time is very interesting and I think public health is a huge part of that.
I'm also very passionate about ending modern day slavery so I work with No More, an international organization based in Tampa to provide assistance to victims and make the local community aware of its prevalence. One day, I hope to visit Thailand and assist anti-human trafficking organizations like No More in their service work and provide medical assistance to the young women in the orphanages who were victims.
But overall, I'm excited to take pictures, chat in the pubs, and document this experience because it will be, as Aladdin once said, "A whole new world."