Alberto J. Ortega '13
This year, I will be completing a dual degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies, and Spanish. Majoring in both of these fields has allowed me to do what I love—provide care to those less fortunate. While the two disciplines may appear unique, they actually share a lot in common. Here at USC, I have been fortunate enough to take part in a number of service opportunities abroad—in Mexico, Honduras and Bolivia—and around Los Angeles in such neighborhoods as West Adams, Skid Row and Watts. Thanks to my ability to communicate in two languages, I have had the honor of assisting over 2,500 individuals receive medical attention that would have otherwise not been provided. My work as a medical interpreter, educator, healthcare professional, and researcher has enriched my USC experience with a plethora of stories and smiles. As a result of my passion for medicine and service to Latin America, I plan to focus my honors thesis on the field of Medical Spanish.