Camille Giraud grew up in Los Angeles and attended University of California, Berkeley, earning a double major in biology and French. Knowing from a young age that she wanted to go into medicine, Camille took medically-oriented classes, but before applying to medical school, she decided to gain some professional experience in the field. She ultimately chose Drexel because it’s a big school with a lot of diversity. The College of Medicine looks for students with non-traditional backgrounds, which made Camille feel welcomed. While at Drexel, Camille has volunteered as an interpreter (she’s bilingual in French) at a Drexel-affiliated refugee medical center. She’s also co-president of the yoga club, culinary club and gardening club. She believes it’s key to maintain hobbies during medical school to avoid burnout. With the long-term goal of practicing medicine in Los Angeles, Camille is currently exploring the different areas of medicine to see what she’ll like most. .
I'm originally from Los Angeles in California, and my parents are French, so I have a very multicultural upbringing. I decided I wanted to take a few years to work in a medical field to really make my decision. Then when I applied to medical school, I really wanted somewhere that welcomed people with nontraditional pasts like mine, and Drexel was the place.
I think the school is very welcoming. There's a huge history of the Woman's Medical College at Drexel. People from so many different backgrounds, and that's really nice because in all the different groups and lab groups that I'm put in there's always a variety of people and we really enrich each other's experiences by sharing our different backgrounds.
The curriculum really mirrors the diversity of the students and the people at the school because as a doctor you're not going to just see one type of patient. Not one day is the same as the next and not one person is the same as the other.
I really enjoy all the time with my friends that's outside the classroom where we get to talk about things that aren't just school and get to know each other and have some fun too. Everyone's very friendly, and even though it's across the country from where I was from, I feel like it's my second home. Drexel has been very supportive. If you have a dream and if you want to make something happen, they will help you. I also found this inner strength that I'm happy to find and I'm excited to see how far it will bring me.
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