Richard Rodriguez is a third year student at the University of Colorado Denver, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2015 while pursuing a double major in Biology and French with minors in Chemistry and Sociology. His hobbies include swimming, cooking, and playing the alto Saxophone. He has demonstrated a high degree of ambition and perseverance towards achieving his goals by maintaining academic excellence in his college courses, while participating in weekly volunteering activities and by holding part-time jobs Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant (TA) and learning assistant (LA) at CU Denver. Richard has always wanted work in a profession where he would be able to make a difference and positive influence the lives of other people. Over the years, his interest towards the health careers rose through his experiences in and out of the classroom, and currently he’s working to become an neurosurgeon. As a first generation immigrant, Richard has witnessed the negative impact health disparities and how they have changed the dynamics within his family and other undeserved communities in Colorado. Richard’s participation in the in the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) has provided him with vast number of opportunities to grow further as individual and as a professional. One of them would be the chance to further explore his career of interest while surrounding himself with similar individuals interested in becoming both healthcare providers and humanitarians. Furthermore, the program provides him with direct exposure to the health the care system in Colorado (and the USA) where he wishes to increase his knowledge about undeserved communities, further educate himself in ways improve health care in the future.