Maria Sckaff

Sat May 11: Dreams Without Borders: Navigating from Community College to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – An Immigrant’s Triumph

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Maria Sckaff, MS I
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00am-11:30am PST

Workshop Description:
Embark on an extraordinary journey with an inspirational workshop designed for pre-med students who dare to dream big. Maria Sckaff, MS I at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares her remarkable story as an immigrant who navigated the complex path from community college to one of the world’s leading medical schools. This session is a beacon of hope and a roadmap for ambitious students, highlighting the power of resilience, strategic planning, and unwavering determination. Maria will offer practical advice on overcoming obstacles, enhancing your application, and leveraging community college experiences to build a compelling profile for top-tier medical schools. Join us to discover how to transform challenges into stepping stones toward achieving your medical aspirations, irrespective of your starting point. This workshop is not just a story of success; it’s a guide to unlocking your potential and transcending boundaries.

About the Speaker:
Maria Sckaff was born and raised in Recife, Brazil, until she moved to the United States at the age of 15 in the middle of high school. She lived in a small Southeastern Arizona town throughout her high school and community college years. After being awarded the life-changing Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, she transferred to the University of California, San Diego to pursue her bioengineering degree. During her community college and university years, she was involved in translational genomics research, dermatology research, bioengineering clinical projects, and service, mentoring, and tutoring experiences.
After graduation, she transitioned to work in the development of gene editing therapies in academia and in the biotechnology industry in San Francisco, CA for two years.  She started medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine this August 2023, and she is currently in her first year of medical school. She has lived in Arizona, California, Georgia, and now Maryland, as a member of a U.S. Army family. She loves trying out new local restaurants and ice cream spots wherever she is, walking her rotty-lab mix dog named Mars, hiking, going to the beach, and watching movies with her friends and family.

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Topic: Dreams Without Borders: Navigating from Community College to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – An Immigrant’s Triumph
When: Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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