Originally from Richmond, VA, Ellie Bisese graduated cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in May of 2020. As an undergraduate, Ellie spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied Medical Practice and Policy in Europe, as well as traveled to fifteen other countries. After serving with Impact America, Ellie plans to attend Medical School.


Name the most memorable place you’ve been.

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East on a month long study abroad program. While in the Middle East, we traveled to the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. It was the site of filming for the live action version of Aladdin as well as the movie Mars, which was incredibly surreal. I had never been to a desert before, and while there, we took a jeep tour, speeding through the dunes and even got to ride camels from the caravan of a Bedouin traveler. That evening we camped under the stars, and it was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.

Who is someone you admire and why?

People like to tease me about this, but I admire Queen Elizabeth II greatly, as a self-proclaimed Anglophile. I appreciate her steadfast loyalty to her people, determination to be a noble leader, and her poise in the face of many tribulations among her nation that she has seen during her reign.  She is a very unique figurehead in this world who has truly stood the test of time as one of the greatest monarchs in British history.

What’s something you like to do for fun?

I absolutely love watching movies for fun. I’m a big fan of classic movies from the past, and firmly believe that storytelling via the big screen is one of the best mediums. I also really enjoy watching documentaries in my free time as a way to learn something new in a really interesting way.