A passion to serve: Daisy Ambriz ’13 prepares for medical career
Making sure children get the medical care they need, especially those of families with few means, is Daisy Ambriz’s passion.
The 2013 graduate of The College of Idaho has set her sights on becoming a pediatric cardiologist, and she’s gotten a head start on that goal thanks to her research experiences with College of Idaho faculty.
Ambriz spent much of her four years at C of I in the biochemistry lab on campus, working hand-in-hand with her professors on research projects such as better understanding chemicals in sage that could help fight cancer.
“Being able to do research has made me a more avid learner,” Ambriz said. “I am discovering new things and it’s really exciting to be out on your own, doing your own experiments and figuring out which direction to take your research. It’s helped me with critical thinking and being able to solve problems.”
Following graduation, Ambriz is headed to the University of Texas Medical Branch to assist with research on reducing the effects of chemical radiation through drug treatments. While serving as a research intern, she also will prepare to start medical school and start her career.
“My friends, professors and classmates all helped me develop a love for learning and the feeling that what I do matters,” Ambriz said. “I want to give back to society. That’s who the C of I has taught me to be.”
Though Ambriz logged countless hours in the lab, she remained highly active in other aspects of campus life, including being a sorority member, participating in campus ministry and a bible study group, and volunteering at a local elementary school and with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
“The entire campus feels like home,” Ambriz said. “I absolutely fell in love with the College, so I got more involved.”
While Ambriz isn’t certain where her medical career will take her, she knows that the support of her professors and classmates has prepared her for life.
“I think what's really great about C of I is they don't only prepare you for a career, but they prepare you to be a person, and they encourage you to give back to your community in any way you can,” Ambriz said. “They really have instilled a passion for service within me and I'm really looking forward to going out of Caldwell and giving back in a different way.”