Brigadier Spotlight - Evan Chipley

January 26, 2016

 

Evan is a  Pre- Medical School Senior currently working towards a dual degree in Biological Sciences and Economics. Evan is the President of  Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity on Mizzou's campus. Evan is extremely passionate about service and has been heavily involved in Global Brigades, Mizzou Alternative Breaks, and Mizzou's Center for Leadership and Service. Over the summer he works as a support to nurses and doctors in the Emergency Room. Evan participated in the Medical Brigade in Honduras in May 2015.

 

What was your favorite thing about working in country?

"I loved that every day we had to just play it by ear and there was no set process or setup. Also, I really enjoyed how shadowing the doctors was way more interactive than any shadowing experience I had had beforehand."

 

What was a memory that you made while on the brigade?

"I really enjoyed the kids and babies that we diagnosed during consultation. I remember one woman in particular who had a baby, probably a little younger than a year, who was balling his eyes out and was absolutely inconsolable. However, I had a toy attached to my stethoscope, and he was captivated by it once his mother sat down with us. Eventually, his mother let me hold him, and I even got him laughing. The infant ended up having an ear infection, but I was glad that I could get him to smile and take the heat off his mother for a bit."

 

What kind of realizations did you have while on the brigade?

"One of the simplest things that I realized while in country is how we as Americans take clean water for granted. I expected that I would encounter ways of life that would make me realize my privilege, but there was something about not being able to drink most of the water that struck me and really drove home the gap between our ways of life."

 

What was your favorite food served in country?

"THE FRUIT"

 

Do you have any advice for new brigadiers?

"Pay attention to your packing list the night before, but once you're out your own front door, stop worrying about the little things. When in country, don't worry about the little items you may have forgotten. Don't worry about getting dirty. Don't complain if the food isn't what you're used to. In fact, try not to complain at all. Instead, soak it all in. Watch closely, listen intently. Even smell things when no one is looking. Someone else will take pictures, so worry about remembering things. That's a good start for getting the full experience, and coming home satisfied."

 

What is something funny or odd that happened to you in country?

"On our first night at the compound, we were all just hanging out and someone pointed out a small fire in the distance. Before long, the entire horizon was ablaze. We were freaking out. But it turned out that this was a normal occurrence. When farmers finish harvesting fields of sugarcane, they are left with acres and acres of brush and dead sugarcane that serves no purpose but to house snakes. So, to clear the land quickly, they create a controlled fire that burns up all the brush. This results in a horizon on fire that most Americans aren't used to seeing."

 

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