Alexa Friedman grew up in Westchester, NY, graduated from Walter Panas High School, and now lives in Niantic, CT. Alexa originally became interested in health and medicine when her grandmother, who was diagnosed with late stage brain cancer, became the sole survivor of a group of 50 who were given an experimental treatment. Alexa is now in the Individualized Major program with a major called Human Health Sciences and minors in Biological Sciences and Human Rights. She is interested in the intersection of human rights and access to healthcare and spent this summer living in Lima, Peru and interning for a non-profit called MEDLIFE, which works to bring medicine and education to low income families everywhere. Alexa created curriculum and educational materials, supervised medical clinics, translated medical Spanish, and worked on project sites. This experience developed Alexa’s passion for travel and she hopes to visit all of South America before starting a full time job.