Corissa Raymond was born and raised in Central Florida and, in May 2017, graduated cum laude from Rollins College where she majored in psychology and minored in chemistry. As an undergraduate, Corissa served students on campus by working in the Disability Services Office and as a tutor and received the honor of being named the 2017 Student Employee of the Year. During her time at Rollins, she also worked abroad, providing public health services to community members in both the Dominican Republic and Honduras. As a result of her service work outside of the country and within her own community, she was presented with the 2016-2017 Community Engagement Award by the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement at Rollins College. After serving with Impact America, Corissa plans to attend medical school.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

Global Medical Brigades provided me the opportunity to combine my love of travel with medicine and has been the most impactful service experience I have had to date. In May 2016, I attended a brigade in La Chorrera, Honduras where I was able to shadow physicians and dentists and assist in distributing medications within a makeshift pharmacy in a temporary clinic. The experience gave me the opportunity to participate in the process of providing health care from start to finish. Additionally, the ability to serve the members of an under resourced community for a week after two years of fundraising and planning truly showed me that serving others, not the preparation and expense involved, is what matters.

Who is someone you admire and why?

One individual I truly admire is my mother. She puts her heart and soul into everything that she does and is the reason why I am so passionate about providing service to others. She will do anything she possibly can to lend a helping hand to someone else. My mom is the most resilient person I know, and I am so grateful to have her constant love and support.