Bridget Smith was a 2017 STEM Scholar who interned at the Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

Where are you from?
I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
My undergraduate degree is in exercise science from the University of Mount Union. I also recently earned my Masters in biomedical professions, or biomedical science, from Lincoln Memorial University.

What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was the amazing staff and mentors that I got to work with. Each person I worked with contributed unique perspectives and talents that helped me become a more effective clinician. I felt so supported in my learning during my internship!

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities to participate in projects that you are interested in; even if you’re not initially assigned to them. The people at your internship want you to learn and get the most out of your experience.

What are you doing now?
I made the move to Denver this past December to join City Year, which is an AmeriCorps program. I work with 2nd grade students in an underserved school to help support both behavioral conduct and academic success. So far, I’m loving Denver and working with children. It is a tough, but rewarding experience.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
My 10 year goal is to have completed medical school and residency. After that, I would like to open up a series of free medical clinics to help alleviate the lack of health care faced by those living in rural communities.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading After Alice by Gregory Maguire. It’s an interesting take on Wonderland from the perspective of Alice’s best friend Ada. A book that I would most recommend would have to be The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It’s an easy read and totally worth it!

Tell us a fun fact!
I was able to watch the Apollo 11 movie in the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control room, while interning at NASA. The movie was based on the events that happened in that very room!

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