Jeanette Paez, 21, is a senior majoring in biology with a minor in environmental studies. She has worked vigorously these past four years all in hopes of being able to follow her dream career as a doctor.
Paez has always had a passion for the sciences but it wasn’t until she came to Binghamton that she decided she wanted to eventually become a doctor.
In preparation, she has taken the time to shadow surgeons to see what their day-to-day life is like. Though not always the most pleasant of trips (she once had to follow a colon surgeon), she remained intrigued and excited about the medical field.
On campus, Paez is a member of IDEAS for Binghamton. IDEAS is a national organization of university students, youth leaders, green professionals, community organizations and businesses who strive to provide the innovation and solutions for our future. They educate, empower and engage others in environmental sustainability by offering innovative solutions and a database of initiatives that focus on Research (R&D), Action, and Environmental Awareness.
IDEAS for Binghamton is a chapter of IDEAS for Us, Inc. operated by students of Binghamton University. They pledge to spread the mission of IDEAS to the local area and the state of New York.
Roommates of Paez say that she is the reason they recycle and use a water filter system instead of buying massive amounts of water bottles. Paez says any small thing you can do to help the environment can help to make a difference.
“Every little bit counts,” says Paez. “People may not think recycling a can or two will make that much of an impact, but if everyone does it then it will.”
Paez’s desire to help the environment and others has led her to the medical field. In her continued quest to become a doctor, she is in the process of applying to Binghamton’s Master of Arts in Biology program in hopes that it will aid her with her medical school applications.