Biochemistry and Religious Studies
Catalyst for Change
Establishing a service organization at his high school presented Allen Ghareeb ’14 with an early lesson in giving back to his community. He has enhanced his service mentality through his years at Bradley.
Starting as a Burger Center Fellow freshman year, the biochemistry and religious studies major helped develop the University’s award-winning Service on Saturday program. He has volunteered for a crisis hotline, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Easter Seals, all while serving as a Student Admissions Representative (STARs), working at the Cullom-Davis Library and the Center for Learning Assistance, and driving the shuttle for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on campus. Plus, he was named Bradley’s 2013 Homecoming King.
With the goal of medical school and a career in public health, Ghareeb traveled with Global Medical Training (GMT) in December 2012 to provide medical care to outlying villages in Nicaragua and Honduras. He said people lined up outside the clinics before they opened, and crews worked from dawn to dusk or until supplies ran out.
“To me, that was incredible. It really puts things in perspective,” Ghareeb explained, adding he spent the spring 2013 semester in Copenhagen studying worldwide healthcare systems. “It verified what I want to do.”
With fellow GMT volunteer Nhi Vo ’13 MS ’14, Ghareeb started a chapter of Global Medical Training at Bradley. About 15 students participated in a trip to Nicaragua in January.
“Bradley has given me the ability to combine my leadership studies with what I learn in the hard sciences,” Ghareeb noted. “Volunteering has always been my way of stepping away from the pressures of school.”