Hi everyone! My name is Olivia Hess and I’ll be a sophomore in the College in the fall of 2015. I plan on majoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior and minoring in Healthcare Management. I’ve traveled to Honduras and England before, but this will be my first time in India and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be traveling to Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu where I will be interning at the Aravind Eye Hospital. Founded in 1976, Aravind has grown into a network of hospitals dedicated to improving vision and eliminating needless blindness for millions of patients. I will be working at Aravind along with Busra and Vivek, and we are looking forward to projects that may relate to clinical studies, business and management, or patient education. As someone who has spent a substantial amount of time in biomedical laboratories, I am most looking forward to branching out into different fields of study. I am also making it a point to see elephants while in India, as they’re my favorite animal. I’m currently sitting in JFK international airport wearing a kurta, which is by far the most comfortable traveling outfit ever (thanks to Nikitha Kosaraju). It still feels surreal that I’ll be living and working in another country for 10 weeks, but I can’t wait to see what this summer holds. Next stop, Delhi!IMG_3223-2

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About oliviamhess

I interned at Aravind Eye Hospital-Madurai as a CASI Student Programs Intern in 2015, and I am returning to Aravind in Pondicherry to conduct research using CASI Summer Travel Funds, the Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award, and the Gelfman International Summer Fund.