Update from Elizabeth Kaweesa








I trust you’re doing well and ready for the beautiful autumn weather. I’m doing well and school is great; it’s my last year of college! Time flies by so fast and I can’t believe I will be graduating in about 8 months. First, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it possible for me to receive a great education at St. Edward’s University. I’m honored, humbled and every day I’m a step closer to achieve my goals because of the faith you have in me to dream big and make the world a better place. Thank you! My graduation is May 11, 2013, details are yet to follow in about the next 4 months and I will keep everyone updated because I’d love everybody to be there. Being a senior feels great but its bitter sweet, I’ve really enjoyed my time at St. Edward’s and the city is beautiful but most of all I’m going to miss the science building, my professors and my research group. However, I’m trying to enjoy every bit of the school year and creating memories with all my wonderful friends. All my classes are going well by far and are really intense, it feels like I’m taking 21 credit hours even though its just 14 credit hours. I’m taking physical chemistry, microbiology, history and philosophy of science, senior thesis as well as research. Its already the third week of school and I can believe can I do this.

Research went well over the summer and I’m continuing with research this semester. In November, I will be presenting at the American chemical society regional meeting in Louisiana and I’m looking forward to that. Also, the American Chemistry society is having their first international-domestic travel summit in North Carolina in November. An international and domestic student form a team and present at the conference. I’m the international student on my team and I’m representing central Texas. I find out in a couple weeks if I’ll be able to attend the meeting and it would definitely be an honor to present at this conference as well. My topic will be molecular modelling and drug design.

Also, I’m a chemistry teaching assistant this semester and my students are amazing. I’m involved in several organizations on campus for instance, the American chemical society, academy of science, Asian students association and I’m the vice president of the American Medical Student’s Association. I volunteer at a juvenile detention facility and with ‘Groceries to go’ an organization that helps serve the physically impaired in Austin. Every two weeks or once a month I help do groceries for a gentleman who lives close to my school; he gives me his credit card and a shopping list and I get things done. This semester due to my busy schedule, I will not volunteer in the ER but I’ll resume in the spring.

Along side my school work and involvement, I’m applying to medical school. I submitted my primary applications and some schools have sent me secondary applications and additional essays to know more about my interest in medicine. I’m in the process of completing the secondary applications but I will not be able to complete some of them. Some of the schools require me to be a U.S citizen or permanent resident and some of the schools require a financial guarantee in order to process my application. Anyways, I’m applying for a PhD in medicine (specializing in cardiology) at the University of Cambridge and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. I’m really excited and hopeful that everything will work out.
Again, thank you so much for believing in me and for all your support and encouragement. Have a great week ahead!


Elizabeth Kaweesa

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