Kassandra Hopkins

Amherst College

Located in the Fox Islands off the coast of Maine, Vinalhaven School (Vinalhaven, ME) is a tiny school – Kassandra was one of just 14 students in her graduating class. Wishing to expand beyond the opportunities available in Vinalhaven, Kassandra researched and applied to attend a semester at Coastal Studies for Girls, a unique residential school for girls interested in the sciences. A peer mentor, tutor, and leader, she was a founding member of the ACCESS Team, a group of youth volunteers who worked to transform her town's arts and recreation center into a student-run Internet coffee shop and business training center. Kassandra worked as a babysitter, helped care for her younger siblings, and was involved in numerous extracurricular and community activities. At Amherst, she majored in Psychology and took other courses to preapre for a career in medicine. While she was a member of Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, she served as treasurer of the Campus Activities Board, provided mentoring for early learners in Reader for Reader,  participated in the Women’s Soccer Club, and worked as a peer tutor for a statistics class in the Psychology Department.  She studied in Italy during the fall semester of her senior year.

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