The alliance students come from high schools around the Omaha area and take college-level classes at UNMC to prepare for health careers. Once each month, UNMC Today will profile an alliance student to let us get to know more about these young learners.
Name: Ziomara Jurado
High school: Bellevue East High School
How did you get involved in the alliance?
I have a friend who went through the UNMC High School Alliance. Every day he came back from school and had a new and interesting fact to tell me. He encouraged me to apply even though I was not sure I wanted to go into the medical field, and I'm happy he did.
What sparked your interest in science?
I have always found science interesting because it is always changing, and new discoveries are being found. When I was in sixth grade I started watching "Mystery Diagnosis," which is about people with rare diseases, how they were diagnosed and their prognosis.
What are your career aspirations?
I hope to become an ER physician.
What has been the best part of your alliance experience?
Working with the cadavers to see what the human body looks like and getting hands-on experience instead of reading a text book.