Kelsey Williams, Southside High School graduate and University of South Carolina student, has dreamed of a career in health care since the third grade.
"I spent a lot of time around the hospital when I was little," Williams explained. "Watching family members get treatment for health problems fascinated me."
Williams was a shining star in the inaugural MedEx Academy Tier 1 class in 2011, and shares her experience here:
"I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the GHS Medical Experience Academy! I loved the exposure to different areas of medicine and all of the hands-on activities. Helping people has always been my passion, and participating in the emergency room simulation and elder care simulation opened my eyes to the challenges patients face. Iím really excited to pursue a career in medicine to make a difference in lives!"
Williams already is making a difference for many lives in the Upstate as an active volunteer. She has given her time to the Red Cross, A Childís Haven, the Rotary Club, the Ambulatory Infusion Center at GHS and other organizations. She also served as the student president of the Medical Explorers program.
Williams is grateful to everyone who supports the Medical Experience Academy through philanthropy.
"Giving to the MedEx Academy is a contagious investment," she said."By donating, you are empowering us [students] to give back to our community when we become physicians, nurses and therapists."
If you'd like more information on supporting the Medical Experience Academy, contact Philanthropy & Partnership Director of Academic Services Kelly Wilkins at (864) 797-7737 or or firstname.lastname@example.org.