After graduation, Christopher plans to work as a medical interpreter before attending graduate school to become a physician assistant.
Q: Describe your research work with health care systems.
A: I did research on my own in Mexico, where I shadowed multiple doctors in a public hospital. I was able to experience all the different areas of the hospital that I am interested in and compare the Mexican health care system to the American one. It was a humbling experience. I was allowed to witness the best and worst of a different health care system in order to gain insight and hopefully make a meaningful change for the better in the American system someday.
Q: What did you learn from your study abroad experience?
A: I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain. I lived with a great host family that took me in as one of their own. Their culture is extremely different from the American culture and even from my own Mexican culture. I had to have an open mind with all that happened in our daily routines and be extremely flexible. I loved everything about the Spanish culture.
Q: What is the best advice you were given during your four years at Wake Forest?
A: My family said to never give up. I know that everyone hears this from someone at some point in time, but my family is the backbone to my success at Wake Forest. Without their support and encouragement, I may not be graduating.
Q: What extracurricular activity did you enjoy most and why?
A: During my time at Wake Forest, I took part in the Salsa Club, now known as Ritmo Latino. This was one of my favorite groups because I love dancing and it is a huge part of my culture. It was also a way to share my background and the Latino culture to everyone who wanted to learn about it on campus in a very interactive and fun way.
Q: Who were your mentors? Your biggest cheerleaders?
A: I will never forget Professor J. Michael Raley, visiting assistant professor of history. He was the first professor I established a close relationship with because he would play trombone alongside the students in the Wind Ensemble. That is where he encouraged me to take his class. By no means did our friendship give me a free pass in his class, but on the contrary challenged me even more. He was always interested in what my life plans were and how I planned on making those plans a reality.
Q: What is the best advice you can give an incoming first-year student?
A: Live it up — try things you find interesting even if they are out of your comfort zone. Live your Wake Forest years without any regrets.
Q: Where is the one place on campus you will miss most and why?
A: The place I will miss the most is the Office of Multicultural Affairs. During the last half of my career at Wake Forest, I spent a lot of hours in this office socializing, working, learning and laughing. The people in this office are amazing in their own unique way and contribute a great deal to the University.
Q: What shared values do you feel unite the Wake Forest community?
A: The Wake Forest community has the pursuit of knowledge, fearlessness and ambition in common. We all use these values to better society and ourselves.