Mei Ray, a Memphis native, graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama, where she majored in art and minored in biology and psychology. As an undergraduate, Mei served as co-president of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, worked as a research assistant in the K.I.D. lab, and mentored at various elementary schools in Tuscaloosa. After serving with Impact America, Mei will be attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
For a two-week medical study abroad trip, I volunteered at La Clinica Alabama-Granada, a public health care clinic for the low-income population of Granada, Nicaragua. In the clinic, the other students and I rotated between triage, shadowing, and working in the pharmacy. Even though we only did simple tasks, such as measuring patients’ blood pressure and counting pills, doing the basic jobs helped the clinic tremendously as the workers could spend time doing other tasks. Being able to help the underprivileged global community through the Nicaragua Clinical Experience has made me excited for my future in medicine, as I hope to serve the medically underserved communities as a doctor in the future.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to cook for my friends in my free time. They say I am the “mom” of our group because I make sure my friends eat their vegetables. I also enjoy hiking and going to concerts. My favorite musical performances so far have been Mumford & Sons, Hozier, and Bishop Briggs.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“Where you invest your love, you invest your life” – “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons. It is a simple yet powerful verse.