Reinere Jude Ruiz, Peer Advisor
I was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and my family and I came to America when I was nine to pursue better economic and educational opportunities. Despite the challenges set forth by being an immigrant and an underrepresented minority, I graduated as valedictorian from Rancho Verde High School in 2013 and set to graduate from Berkeley with a degree in Public Health in 2017.
As I reflect on my undergraduate journey, the Biology Scholars Program undoubtedly stands out. BSP has connected me with countless opportunities, including the Summer Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at UCLA and Future Physician Leaders (FPL) at UC Riverside. BSP has allowed me to explore and solidify my interest in health care and social justice. BSP has acted as my community on campus – a unique space where I have found lifelong friends, mentors, and a supportive staff.
I am incredibly thrilled to continue BSP’s legacy, and serve as your Peer Advisor this year!
2018 Valley Life Sciences Building