Moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10, Rosaly Diaz De La Rosa didn’t yet speak any English. But her vision of helping people propelled her to work hard through middle and high school. Continuing her work ethic as a molecular psychobiology major at Albright College, Diaz has been accepted into the Early Assurance Program at Penn State College of Medicine — Hershey, as an Albright junior.
“Ever since I can remember, my passion in life has been to help people,” said Rosaly Diaz. “During my senior year [of high school], I shadowed various healthcare professionals, which not only cemented my decision in the path that I wanted to take in medicine but also gave me a look into some of the struggles that Spanish-speaking immigrants face.”
After earning her medical degree, Diaz plans to practice family medicine in underserved areas.
“As a doctor, I hope to help people, especially the underrepresented, feel more in control of their health, and to inspire others who come from more humble beginnings to follow their dreams.”
Penn State College of Medicine seeks strong applicants with a passion to serve and a commitment to excellence and life-long learning, and who bring a full, rigorous and holistic background of study and experiences to medical school.
“My distinctive upbringing along with my extracurricular activities contributed the most to my acceptance,” said Diaz.
“This acceptance is an opportunity for me to give back to the community that has helped me grow into the person I am today. It means that I will be able to serve people, who like my grandmother and other members of my family, do not feel they are heard when it comes to their health.”