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Sasha Hernandez

Region: NYC: Bronx/Manhattan
Program Institution:
Barnard College


College/University: Barnard College
Major/Minor: B.A. Anthropology
Graduation Date: 2011

Graduate School/University: Weill Cornell’s Medical College

Work History

Employer: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Healthy Schools, Healthy Families Columbia University Pediatrics, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)

Significant Professional or Academic Accomplishments: Sasha Hernandez joined Barnard College’s CSTEP in 2009. She graduated in May of 2011, with a major in Anthropology and a Pre-Med concentration. During her time at Barnard Sasha was constantly seeking opportunities that enriched her academic experiences. Such enthusiasm and determination lead her to Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana, in Medellin, Colombia where she interned for a month during the summer of 2009, a Spanish Medical Interpreter at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator at Healthy Schools, Healthy Families Columbia University Pediatrics and various jobs as a Laboratory Research Assistant as well.

She decided to take a couple of years off after graduating from Barnard in 2011. Sasha wanted to carve out time before medical school to focus on her interests, and giving back to the community. During this time she cultivated her passion for volunteering both in New York and abroad. In 2012 she became a volunteer teacher with ASTEP. Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

Last August she traveled 8300 miles to Bangalore, India to work at one of ASTEP’s partnering schools, Shanti Bhavan. This residential school is grounded in the belief that the effects of extreme poverty can be overcome if the problems are tackled in the early stages of a child’s development. During her five weeks in India she taught general and organic chemistry and led public speaking sessions.

Sasha is now attending Weill Cornell’s Medical College.


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