Welcome to the HumBio Core! I am incredibly excited for you all to experience the core this year. Get ready to dive into a wide range of topics that range from genetics to health policy. For me, the core was a time of exploration and it helped me gain a better understanding of what my passions were. With a newfound interest in infectious diseases after the core and my previous interest in public health, I decided to concentrate in Global Health and Infectious Diseases. My courses on viruses, parasites, and public health made me realize that one needs public health interventions in order to contain outbreaks. This interest eventually led me to intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva where I was able to see firsthand how public health experts divert resources to countries. Outside of HumBio, I volunteered at Arbor as a Spanish Interpreter, was an RA in Crothers, participated in the Leland Scholars Program (3rd generation), Community Health in Oaxaca program and Volunteers in Latin America (VILA), and mentored underrepresented students through the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP). If you ever have any questions regarding HumBio, being first-generation and/or low-income, or navigating Stanford, please find me at office hours!