UNC Charlotte graduate accepted to 10 high medical faculties

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Thousands of students will receive their diplomas from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the school celebrates the 2021 grade and achievements.

The pandemic changed the school year for many. For one graduate, the coronavirus has brought the differences in healthcare into the spotlight. When Andrea Badillo-Perez leaves Niner Nation, she hopes to fill the gaps in healthcare.

“In the midst of a tragedy, I hope this has sparked a wave of consciousness that I want to address in the future,” said Badillo-Perez, who applied to study medicine.

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Not one, but 10 medical faculties made offers to Badillo-Perez.

“I told myself if I went to medical school I would be proud,” Badillo-Perez said when she smiled at a Zoom call.

Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Penn, Duke, Virginia, Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill, Miami and NYU.

“I still wake up in the morning and I can’t believe it,” said Badillo-Perez.

She graduated from Charlotte with degrees in biology and psychology and a minor in public health.

The 22-year-old has chosen NYU. Thanks to a full ride, it will start in the fall.

“I think what attracted me to medicine is a passion for service that attracted me from a young age,” adds Badillo-Perez. The pandemic made it easier for her to interview virtually across the country.

On campus, the Levine scholarship holder volunteered as a translator in low-income clinics in Queen City. She was also the co-founder of Health Care Justice, a student organization focused on health activism and service. Both are important to the student.

The native Puerto Rico would never have imagined leaving the island. Thanks to a school counselor, she discovered UNCC. After a layover in Charlotte, head to the Big Apple to make a big difference.

“Sometimes the service is not enough. Health care is a right and now a privilege, ”said Badillo-Perez.