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Jessie Barrios ’14



jessie-barrios300Jessie Barrios
Central Falls High School ’14
Providence College ’18

“My high school biology teacher was extremely passionate, and it was contagious. I wanted to be as excited about something as he was, and luckily for me it was biology. I have the best role model through him.”

Graduated from: Central Falls High School. Campus involvement: “I am a second year resident assistant and I work in a cancer biology research lab.” How did the Crusade help you? “It has allowed me to live on campus and provided me with many meaningful relationships and shaped my college experiences.” What advice would you give to high school Crusaders entering college? “Get organized before the semester starts. Gather all your syllabi and use a planner to schedule all due dates. Color code, use a pencil as things change, and don’t be too afraid to seek help and get to know your professors. What has been your best college experience? “Presenting summer research at the Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference in 2015. I never saw myself as capable enough to do and present actual science to others, and I would say my self-confidence sky rocketed after that experience. I especially loved how my family and high school biology teacher were able to attend the conference. I strive to be a role model for my younger sisters, and I also wanted to show my high school teacher that the strong foundation he gave me years ago had greatly contributed to this accomplishment.” Where do you want to be 5 years from now? The Yale Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program provided me with 6 weeks of educational enrichment in the sciences. I was able to shadow physicians and physician assistants, go to a medical school recruitment fair, and learn valuable tips from experienced medical students about the application process. After this experience, however, I realized that I no longer wished to pursue a career as a doctor. I have instead recently discovered my passion for studying viruses and want to go to grad school to study and do research in virology and immunology. This would allow me to still contribute to the health care field and indirectly work with patients.” What does being successful mean to you? “Satisfaction and happiness in doing all you can and living life to the fullest potential.” What song makes you happy when you hear it? “The Game of Thrones theme song! By Ramin Djawadi.” Name one thing you miss about being a kid: “More time to read for pleasure.” What do you value most in life? “The ability to forgive and forget easily. It has saved me from a lot of stress and other bad feelings. That in turn affects all parts of my life.” What qualities do you value in a person? “Humility, sense of humor, attentiveness, and confidence.” If you go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Reykjavik, Iceland. Because:Game of Thrones was filmed there.” Also: I want to see the aurora borealis (northern lights), my favorite composer, Olafur Arnalds, plays there, and I want to stay in a glass igloo.” Favorite quote: “Do the things you have to do, so you can do the things you want to do,” from the film The Great Debaters.

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