“I spent almost my entire 4 years of high school trying to figure out how I would be able to have a better life for myself, and I knew that education would be the way to do that,” says Jazmin Escamilla a junior biology major at Berea College.
Escamilla, who grew up in the small town of Alvarado, TX, knew that coming to Berea College would be a life changing event. She thoroughly researched the college and discovered the many opportunities students at Berea receive. “I saw it as a place I could grow as a person, and I even saw that a lot of students studied abroad!”
Now that she’s at Berea, Escamilla knows she made the right choice. The most exciting opportunity was her internship during the summer of 2015. She spent 10 weeks at Vanderbilt University conducting research centered on nephrology (the study of kidney functions) and hypertension (high blood pressure). The goal of the research is to understand how kidney functions and high blood pressure are related to obesity and diabetes. Ultimately, researchers hope that understanding these relationships will lead to better treatment plans. And, Escamilla plans to be part of this process of discovery.
After college, Escamilla intends to continue doing research in a biomedical lab. “I am interested in ways that I can help people. So, I really want to know more about health-related biomedical research.”
Written by Shalia Smith ’18