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"You’re never too young to … make a global impact."

During her first humanitarian trip to Haiti at age 15, Alyssa Brandt saw a boy with malnourished skin that was rotting and falling off his body. “You don’t really understand the concept of heartbreak until you see something like that,” she says. A passionate mission has driven her since, steering Brandt toward a premed biology major and triple minors in chemistry, psychology, and sport and exercise at DeSales University. She’s made four more trips to Haiti, one to Africa and another to Honduras – while also competing in soccer and track and field at DeSales. Brandt, a senior, has received offers to medical schools and plans to become a surgeon. Her ultimate goal: to one day establish a clinic in Haiti. “I’ve been reaffirmed that I’m on the right path,” she says. “Somebody has to do something.”

 

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