In the Spotlight
Hi all! My name is Madi Short and I am Yup'ik and Inupiaq from Alaska. My family and the community I came from is very important to me and I hope to one day work in Alaska and with Alaska Native people. At Dartmouth, I studied neuroscience on a pre-health track and spent the little free time I had volunteering and being outside. I have appreciated opportunities though the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact like SIBS and Growing Change which have allowed me to connect with members of the Upper Valley as well as opportunities at DHMC like Patient Support Corps and the shadowing program through Dartmouth's Nathan Smith Society that have allowed me to learn more about medicine and communication within the medical field. This past school year I have served as an Indigenous Student Peer Advisor for the Native American Program and found this experience extremely valuable. It has been wonderful to connect with first year students and give them the advice that I wish I had received as a first year student and it has also been a reflective and culminating experience for me and my time at Dartmouth. Shortly after graduation, I plan to take the MCAT and subsequently apply to medical school.
I miss being on campus and being surrounded by everyone there very much. Though I have loved spending time with my family and being outside in Alaska, lately it has been challenging for me to recognize that we are moving forward into a new chapter of life without all of the rituals and time that was anticipated. I know I can't be alone in feeling this way and would love to connect with anyone and everyone in the coming weeks and post-graduation!