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Hello! My name is Samantha (or Sam) Bell and I am fourth-year pursuing a microbial biology major. I chose this major because I feel microbes are an important component of our lives- they are everywhere!

When applying to Cal, I checked on the application Genetics and Plant Biology not knowing that it was not the same as the major Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Genetics. However, after going to CalSO, I learned of other majors in the college and decided to switch to Microbial Biology, a major that better suited my career goals.

I quickly realized that my 'mistake' of choosing CNR was 'meant to be.' I feel that CNR gives the best of both worlds- a small university within a large university. I became a PAL because I want to share with others the endless amount of opportunities and resources CNR has to offer.

I am currently on a juvenile arthritis committee at the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, where I also had the opportunity to be a counselor at their annual camp, Camp Milagros. I love being involved with the Arthritis Foundation because it gives me the opportunity to help plan various activities that the Arthritis Foundation has to offer for children with arthritis.

I also volunteer at Oakland Children's Hospital in the School Program tutoring kids in the hospital in various subjects. For the past two summers, I have interned and worked at UCSF Clinical Trials Center in the Department of Rheumatology.

Currently, I am in the Honors Research Program, where I continued my research at UCSF in the Clinical Trials Center, studying primarily Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). I have always been interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health and someday I hope to become either a pediatric doctor. If anyone is interested in any of the internships or activities I am currently involved in, just let me know or come talk to me during office hours!

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