September 21, 2018 – Hailey Roumimper (M’21) channeled her feelings of self-doubt and anxiety as she entered Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) into a group that helps first-generation students like herself navigate medical school.
The second-year medical student says the process of applying to medical school was a challenge as a first-generation college student especially after she felt discouraged from applying to medical school by an advisor early in her undergraduate career.
Matt Triano (M’21), Toyosi Ipaye (M’21), Hailey Roumimper (M’21)and Francis Navarra (M’21) are among the founding members of GUSOM Generation I.
“This interaction also helped motivate me to kick my grades up a notch. Even though I didn’t think getting A’s and B’s was that terrible, I already felt somewhat insecure about my belonging at an Ivy League school,” says Roumimper, who majored in biology at Brown University as an undergraduate. “I needed to prove to myself, as well as the advisor, that I belonged.”
Roumimper now feels she has a community in which she can express her thoughts and experiences as a first-generation student.
“It feels nice to know that I’m not alone,” she says.
Roumimper along with Toyosi Ipaye (M’21), Wooju Kim (M’21), Francis Navarra (M’21), Callie Takahashi (M’21) and Matt Triano (M’21) worked with the medical school’s Council on Diversity Affairs to create the group, called GUSOM Generation I.
Visible and Vital
The group, officially launched this past spring, serves as a safe space distinct to the experiences of first-generation medical students. It includes medical students who are the first college graduates in their families, the first to graduate from colleges and universities based in the United States or the first in their families to attend medical school.
Susan Cheng, dean of diversity and inclusion in the School of Medicine, says she has enjoyed working with students on GUSOM Generation I.