Christopher Torres

During high school, I joined El Centro Hispano to empower the Hispanic community by volunteering in cultural events to promote cohesion and by offering direct resources from the organization to the local community. In the Hispanic Heritage Festival, I passed informational fliers to families, spoke about the benefits of the organization, and even collected trash off the floor. The experience was transformational for my life because I was able to take part in an organization that cared for the well-being of others. I embraced my Hispanic heritage and studied extensively to attend New York University for my undergraduate studies. There, I decided to major in biology and minor in computer science. I knew I wanted to study medicine; thus I translated my work at El Centro Hispano and served the underserved community in Brooklyn at Woodhull Medical Hospital. As a volunteer, I provided resources such as SNAP, ESL classes, and housing to the local community of Brooklyn for four years. I participated in laboratory research and received research presentation awards in various conferences. I was awarded Dean’s list and scored a competitive GPA for medical school. I graduated from New York University and I am currently working as a medical scribe in an urgent care center. Recently, I decided to give back to the organization that supported me and provided me with a generous scholarship that helped pay for my university’s tuition and books. As a result, I have decided to volunteer as a teaching assistant for the Technology Program and to work closely with El Centro Hispano, so that I can be an advocate for the local community once again. 

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