Joann Fong, a native of Montgomery, AL, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2015 with a B.S in Psychology, a B.A in International Studies, and minors in Public Health, Chinese, and Spanish. She was in the University Honors Program (UHP) and served as a teaching assistant for their Fall Seminar. While at UAB, Joann also served as the President of the UAB International Mentors and the Associate Director of Outreach for the UAB Multicultural Council. Joann has studied abroad in Hong Kong, China, and South Korea, and has volunteered in Peru and Guatemala. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health after completing her service with Impact and would like to work for the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Climbing to the top of Volcán Pacaya in Guatemala. It was a took 2-hours, but the view from the top made it worthwhile. The best part was roasting marshmallows in the lava vents.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

La Iguana Perdida hostel on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The “rooms” there are just huge treehouses with a bunch of bunk beds. Definitely one of the coolest places I’ve been.