Diana Ioana Rapolti
Diana is a second year medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She was born in Romania, immigrated to Canada as a child and moved between France, Canada and the US throughout her childhood. She received her undergraduate B.S. in Biological Sciences early from UIC with Highest Departmental Distinction and College Honors. During her time in college, she was editor and events coordinator for the Red Shoes Review (the only literary and arts magazine on campus) and a University Ambassador, representing the student body at events with alumni and donors as well as increasing school spirit among students. Most of Diana's time was spent in the lab working on her capstone project on changes in the maternal brain during pregnancy and other projects on Multiple Sclerosis therapy. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked as a tutor for high school students and volunteered for an after school program in Romania. In medical school, Diana is part of the Global Medicine program and a Craig Fellow working on her capstone project on Stepped Care for mental health for Tajik women. She is also currently on the steering committee of the Student Run Free Clinic and working towards creating a new co-curricular track for Humanities in Medicine. Talk to Diana if you have questions about applying to medical school, being the first international medical student at your school and medical school life!