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Ahlissa Harris

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Hi i'm Ahlissa Harris, and I am a current undergraduate student at the University of South Florida as of Spring 2023! I recently graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, in Sebastian, Florida. I was born in the United States Virgin Islands, and I have a passion for neuroscience. I am very passionate about healthcare offered to individuals, specifically those in underrepresented and under established populations. Another area of interest to me is the protection and restoration of our natural environment. I aspire to continue contributing to the environment in volunteer services and various forms of advocacy, and advancing my education and experience in public health. My goals are to aid in the health of both people and the environment as much as I can, through my career and social paths!

Education

University of South Florida-St Petersburg

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Physical Sciences

Lincoln Park Academy

High School
2019 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Biopsychology
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
    • Psychology, General
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Surgery

    • 3rd-12th Grade ELA Assignments, AP History, English, Human Geography, Psychology, and Calculus Assignment Grader

      Marco Learning
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Student Techincian

      Sebastian River High School
      2020 – 2020
    • Personal Academic Tutor and Activity Coordinator

      Sebastian Primary Care
      2020 – 2020
    • Nursing Professor's Assistant

      Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of the Virgin Islands
      2020 – 2020
    • Clinical Experience Shadowing Family Nurse Practitioner

      Internal Medicine office, Sebastian FL
      2020 – 20211 year

    Sports

    Soccer

    Junior Varsity
    2018 – 20202 years

    Awards

    • Strong Right Wing & Defense with Academic Achievement

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Recycling Club, Lincoln Park Academy
      2021 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Oncology Nursing Society — Can Food Drive Collector
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Sebastian Primary Care — COVID-19 Screening
      2020 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church — Free Health Care Assistance
      2019 – 2019
    • Advocacy

      Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park — Advocating environmental health to overlooked areas in the Virgin Islands
      2018 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Analtha Parr Pell Memorial Scholarship
    I was born and raised on an economically disadvantaged, predominately African American island in the United States Virgin Islands. My home relies on one hospital to maintain the public health of 51,634 people. My community’s healthcare sector was often overlooked and underfunded with various medical disparities due to the island’s struggling economy, causing funding and aid to be focused on the island’s tourism and sales sectors. The people in my community often did not obtain proper healthcare and were forced to seek additional aid elsewhere; I have both witnessed firsthand and experienced this situation personally. As a child, I sought treatment for sleep apnea in the state of Florida, as well as my aunt for ear conditions, due to the lack of treatment available in my community. People are always in need of medical assistance, and when this need is not provided to members of the community other outlets are the key to aiding these struggling communities. Understanding and learning the different forms of healthcare provided to communities, along with my own experienced need for unavailable healthcare services in my community, created my advocacy to support useful medical programs through my future services as a healthcare provider. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under-researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment.
    Eleven Scholarship
    I was born and raised in an economically disadvantaged, predominately African American island in the United States Virgin Islands. My home relies on one hospital to maintain the public health of 51,634 people. My community’s healthcare sector was often overlooked and underfunded with various medical disparities due to the island’s struggling economy, causing funding and aid to be focused on the island’s tourism and sales sectors. The people in my community often did not obtain proper healthcare and were forced to seek additional aid elsewhere; I have both witnessed firsthand and experienced this situation personally. As a child, I sought treatment for sleep apnea in the state of Florida, as well as my aunt for ear conditions, due to the lack of treatment available in my community. People are always in need of medical assistance, and when this need is not provided to members of the community other outlets are the key to aiding these struggling communities. Understanding and learning the different forms of healthcare provided to communities, along with my own experienced need for unavailable healthcare services in my community, created my advocacy to support useful medical programs through my future services as a healthcare provider. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment.
    NE1 NE-Dream Scholarship
    I was born and raised in an economically disadvantaged, predominately African American island in the United States Virgin Islands. My home relies on one hospital to maintain the public health of 51,634 people. My community’s healthcare sector was often overlooked and underfunded with various medical disparities due to the island’s struggling economy, causing funding and aid to be focused on the island’s tourism and sales sectors. The people in my community often did not obtain proper healthcare and were forced to seek additional aid elsewhere; I have both witnessed firsthand and experienced this situation personally. As a child, I sought treatment for sleep apnea in the state of Florida, as well as my aunt for ear conditions, due to the lack of treatment available in my community. People are always in need of medical assistance, and when this need is not provided to members of the community other outlets are the key to aiding these struggling communities. Understanding and learning the different forms of healthcare provided to communities, along with my own experienced need for unavailable healthcare services in my community, created my advocacy to support useful medical programs through my future services as a healthcare provider. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under-researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment.
    Theresa Lord Future Leader Scholarship
    I was born and raised on an economically disadvantaged, predominately African American island in the United States Virgin Islands. My home relies on one hospital to maintain the public health of 51,634 people. My community’s healthcare sector was often overlooked and underfunded with various medical disparities due to the island’s struggling economy, causing funding and aid to be focused on the island’s tourism and sales sectors. The people in my community often did not obtain proper healthcare and were forced to seek additional aid elsewhere; I have both witnessed firsthand and experienced this situation personally. As a child, I sought treatment for sleep apnea in the state of Florida, as well as my aunt for ear conditions, due to the lack of treatment available in my community. People are always in need of medical assistance, and when this need is not provided to members of the community other outlets are the key to aiding these struggling communities. Understanding and learning the different forms of healthcare provided to communities, along with my own experienced need for unavailable healthcare services in my community, created my advocacy to support useful medical programs through my future services as a healthcare provider. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under-researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment.
    She Rose in STEAM Scholarship
    The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under-researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment. Working in communities with limited healthcare to provide accessible, affordable, and useful medical services is a very important long-term goal of mine. Admiring my mother’s pursuit of a career as a family nurse practitioner, developed a fundamental ambition and passion to help those in need through medicine. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The struggles of various families to obtain proper healthcare based on various governmental and economic grounds is an injustice to members of the community who deserve the means to have their various ailments prevented, diagnosed, and treated. The disproportionate lack of healthcare services in both quality and/or quantity in economically disadvantaged neighbors often coincides with the community's abundance and spread of various illnesses and diseases. These factors against suitable health and healthcare, create an overwhelming struggle to ensure health in these communities, producing a disparity that requires aid from services willing to accommodate these medical resources. I believe the availability of healthcare services should be attainable to all groups of individuals and therefore, I aim to contribute to these underserved areas through my career in medicine. Steps such as; organizing free health services through donations and improving awareness of available resources in these communities to ensure individual and family health are crucial in aiding this underserved population.
    Stephan L. Daniels Lift As We Climb Scholarship
    I was born and raised on an economically disadvantaged, predominately African American island in the United States Virgin Islands. My home relies on one hospital to maintain the public health of 51,634 people. My community’s healthcare sector was often overlooked and underfunded with various medical disparities due to the island’s struggling economy, causing funding and aid to be focused on the island’s tourism and sales sectors. The people in my community often did not obtain proper healthcare and were forced to seek additional aid elsewhere; I have both witnessed firsthand and experienced this situation personally. As a child, I sought treatment for sleep apnea in the state of Florida, as well as my aunt for ear conditions, due to the lack of treatment available in my community. People are always in need of medical assistance, and when this need is not provided to members of the community other outlets are the key to aiding these struggling communities. Understanding and learning the different forms of healthcare provided to communities, along with my own experienced need for unavailable healthcare services in my community, created my advocacy to support useful medical programs through my future services as a healthcare provider. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and under-researched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment.
    Do Good Scholarship
    The black community is disadvantaged in almost all aspects of healthcare; this doesn't exclude the neurological field of healthcare. African Americans are one of many minority groups that are underdiagnosed and underresearched in terms of neurological disorders and diseases. Neurological disorders and diseases are left mostly untreated, due to a lack of diagnosis and attainability of understanding and learning neurological conditions. In communities like the black community, many individuals who may suffer from neurological conditions either don't have the resources to understand their condition or the resources to treat and diagnose their condition. Through research, study, and activism in Neuroscience, I hope to make the diagnosis of various neurological conditions more prevalent and accessible amongst minorities like the black community. I also hope to pursue a career in Neuroscience to research various neurological disorders and mysteries of the mind, like how the brain processes information, transports information across neurons, and more importantly how to prevent disorders like dementia by identifying how they develop. The study of the brain is a field that holds most mysteries of the human body, and with these difficulties in studying the human brain, the black community receives the short end of the stick with diagnosis and treatment. Working in communities with limited healthcare to provide accessible, affordable, and useful medical services is a very important long-term goal of mine. Admiring my mother’s pursuit of a career as a family nurse practitioner, developed a fundamental ambition and passion to help those in need through medicine. Through my aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, I see that the advocacy for healthcare in underserved communities is an area with room for major growth and advancement. The struggles of various families to obtain proper healthcare based on various governmental and economic grounds is an injustice to members of the community who deserve the means to have their various ailments prevented, diagnosed, and treated. The disproportionate lack of healthcare services in both quality and/or quantity in economically disadvantaged neighbors often coincides with the community's abundance and spread of various illnesses and diseases. These factors against suitable health and healthcare, create an overwhelming struggle to ensure health in these communities, producing a disparity that requires aid from services willing to accommodate these medical resources. I believe the availability of healthcare services should be attainable to all groups of individuals and therefore, I aim to contribute to these underserved areas through my career in medicine. Steps such as; organizing free health services through donations and improving awareness of available resources in these communities to ensure individual and family health are crucial in aiding this underserved population