Courtney is a junior pre-med Biochemistry major with big dreams of being a neurosurgeon. She loves to run, read, and do anything crafty, especially painting! Courtney spends her free time working in a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research lab, hanging out with little kids at Granny's House, and volunteering in the ER. Hermione Granger is her spirit animal! Her favorite color is blue, aqua blue to be specific. Courtney went on a Medical/Dental brigade to Panama in January 2016. She is a program director for the Medical/Dental brigade to Nicaragua in January 2017.
Do you have any advice for new brigaders?
“Take on your brigade with an open mind and open heart. You will learn so much about yourself, your country, community, and your fellow brigaders in your time together. You may even change your future career path! Get ready to come away with the most meaningful memories and the best of friends.”
What was your favorite food served in country?
“Fresh fruit picked right off the trees!”
What was a memory that you made while on the brigade?
“Something I will never forget was sitting down with my family form our public health community and eating a home cooked lunch. The family was so grateful for the help we provided that they cooked us a full traditional meal. Not only did I get to try amazing food, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that these families were willing to go to so much trouble for us after only a few hours of work.”
What was your favorite thing about working in country?
“The very best part about working in country was connecting to the community members and getting to learn about their culture firsthand. I thought I would want to spend all my time shadowing the physicians, but I learned the most working in triage and getting to communicate with the patients.”
What is something funny or odd that happened to you in country?
“One of the families that I got to know kept a pet toucan named Robin Hood that would steal things from your hand if you weren't paying attention!”
"While reaffirming my desire to pursue a career in medicine and inspiring a desire to learn more about these rich cultures, Global Brigades has allowed me the incredible opportunity to use my passion for health to empower communities to grow holistically."