Carla Dias ’21 takes “In the Service of Humanity” to heart. During the fall semester, she spent her Thursdays volunteering at a hospice facility, feeling the acute difference between that environment and the typical undergraduate experience. When she found herself back home in March thanks to the pandemic, she took a similar tack, looking for ways to help in her community.
That quest led her to become national strategy coordinator for the National Student Response Network, which was founded by Harvard Medical School students as a way for health students across the country to become involved in the response to COVID-19. The group matches students with hospitals and local health departments, where they can help take the pressure off overworked, understaffed health services so frontliners can focus on saving lives.
She also volunteers at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near her hometown, and encourages her fellow students to find similar opportunities: “I’d argue that there is no better time to reengage with our communities and support the places that supported us on our journey to Princeton.”
Read her full story here.