Meet Edge Program Leader and OMED Ambassador Elisa Schrader-Echeverri

How are you connected to OMED?  

I am currently an Edge Program Leader and OMED Ambassador for OMED: Educational Services. 

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech?  

The best advice to succeeding academically at Georgia Tech is by knowing and accepting that some classes are not easy, but there is a lot of help available around the campus to guide you toward success. Accepting that help may be necessary, and it's not bad thing.

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech?

To be able to fully acclimate socially at Georgia Tech, you need to be able to look for clubs and organizations that are involved in the activities that you like. This is the best way for you to be able to connect with other people who share a common interest as you and can help you meet even more people you'll get along with.

What advice would you give students to encourage them to remain individuals and love each and every day here at Georgia Tech? 

There is a reason why you got into Georgia Tech. The reason is that at Tech, they believe in you and in the fact that you can do amazing things. They admitted you for being you, so don't change that. Keep your individuality and your uniqueness, and enjoy the ride. It might get tough, but it'll all be worth it in the end. 

Where have you worked during your Georgia Tech career, and what did you enjoy about that experience? 

I've only had one job experience, and it was at a hospital back home in Colombia, South America. I interned at a hospital, shadowing biomedical engineers. There were two things I enjoyed about this experience: (1) The engineers helped me understand the physiology behind the need for these equipments; and (2) I became inspired to know what I wanted to accomplish in my major. I want to be able to work toward the improvement of existing devices, so they are more sustainable in hospitals with low resources that can afford them and provide the best service to everyone.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience? 

My favorite experience has been getting to participate in Taste of Latin America in 2016. I was able to share part of my home culture by doing something that I love, which is dancing. It gave me a chance of showing my friends the other side of me that isn't directly connected to studying. This year, I am one of the people in charge of this year's Taste of Latin America.

What are you involved with on campus, and why?

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): Member since fall 2015 and am currently the performance chair for our biggest event of the year, which is the Taste of Latin America. I am in charge of putting together the choreography of the show and coordinating with the rest of the team to put a cohesive presentation together.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE): Member since fall 2015 and was the SWEek chair for this Spring Semester. My job was to organize a welcome week with activities such as a movie night or games/crafts nights for the rest of the members and help them be motivated for the new semester.

Catholic Student Organization: Member since fall 2015 and was the special events coordinator for spring and fall 2016, which involved putting together the graduation party at the end of each semester. Additionally, I was part of the community dinner team in spring 2016 and tailgate team in fall 2016. I am currently the community dinner coordinator for the semester, which involves putting together five different dinners for about 120 students with a team of 10 other students.

What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?

I haven't studied abroad yet but plan to do so during summer 2018.