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Summer is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Psychology and Spanish on the pre-med track. Her goal is to one day become a practicing psychiatrist, potentially with schizophrenic or bipolar patients. She currently works at Western Psychiatric Hospital as a Student Behavioral Associate catering to patients of all ages at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She also works in UPMC's Endocrinology research lab studying the effects of different diets on mice digestive tissue. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports (she is a member of Pitt's Club Quidditch Team!), reading, and watching films. Studying Spanish is something Summer is very passionate about, and she looks forward to being able to participate fully in the language and culture during her time abroad. For her community engagement experience, she hopes to educate local teachers on how to better serve ESL students.