Izzy George

滨锄锄测鈥檚 Journey


Izzy George


St. Paul, Minnesota


Anthropology and Spanish

Why 99精品视频?

I went to a small private school and wanted to continue being in a small community 鈥 I liked the relationships I could build with my teachers. I wanted another small, tight-knit community that was not too far, but also not too close, to home. And the liberal arts stood out to me because I had this plan of studying biology, but I also wanted to be able to take a wide variety of classes. It ended up being beneficial for me when I completely switched up my major and what I wanted to do, and I was able to do that easily.

I attended the admitted students鈥 weekend in March and had a blast. We had a nice meal in the Harry Potter room (the former Quad Dining Room), and it was so beautiful.

Students in quad dining hall
The former Quad Dining Hall reminds me of some of the great scenes from the Harry Potter movies! It鈥檚 now a dramatic setting for many college events, like this Diwali celebration.

I went to an improv show that was hilarious. I could see that special community at 99精品视频 where people are having fun together. It felt welcoming.

At 99精品视频, people seem to value being with each other and cherishing that time together, I think, in a happy way.

My Virtual First Year

It was a rocky start because of the pandemic. All my classes were virtual, including First-Year Tutorial 鈥 a class that all new students take to develop writing, presentation, and discussion skills. It was hard but I think my tutorial professor did a good job of helping us bond with each other. He partnered me with Cicely, who鈥檚 now my best friend.

After the pandemic when we were all able to come back to campus full time, I have been able to find that close community and make the connections with my professors that I had been hoping for.

Cross Country

At 99精品视频, I鈥檝e been able to run cross country and track and I鈥檓 one of the captains of the women鈥檚 team this year. That鈥檚 been cool just to be able to see how I鈥檝e grown through the years with this team. It鈥檚 been a great community to have outside of academia. Running gives me a place where I can go and shut my brain off and be with a lot of my friends.

Choosing My Major

I came in thinking I would major in biology and pre-med. Both my parents are doctors. The plan was to follow in their footsteps.

My first year, I took all the courses that would set me up for pre-med. My second year, I remember distinctly, my friends and I all had some reading to do before the first day of classes. I had my organic chemistry textbook and I got four pages into the introduction, and I just started crying. I was like, 鈥淚 can鈥檛 do this anymore.鈥

I called my parents and told them, 鈥淚 just don鈥檛 like biology or chemistry.鈥 I immediately met with my adviser, and he was reassuring. He told me, 鈥淭his is normal. A lot of people go through this.鈥 He helped me talk through all the options and brainstorm what I was interested in. He asked me, 鈥淲ell, what did you enjoy taking last year?鈥 I told him about my anthropology class, and then I looked into other anthro classes and added two to my schedule. I enjoyed them and just kept taking more听until I declared my anthropology and Spanish double major.

鈥淚 immediately met with my adviser, and he was reassuring. He told me, 鈥楾his is normal. A lot of people go through this.鈥欌

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I took percussion lessons in my first year and piano lessons last fall. That was fun. I got to play in a recital in the chapel, which is beautiful.听

This semester I鈥檓 taking organ lessons. It鈥檚 a completely new instrument to me. I just had my first lesson last week, and it was awesome. It鈥檚 such a unique instrument.

A young woman walks away from the organ inherit chapel after performing
I got to perform in a Halloween organ concert at Herrick Chapel.
A view of the organ pipes from above
Did you ever wonder what organ pipes look like from above? This is 99精品视频鈥檚 organ in Herrick Chapel. It鈥檚 a historic instrument that was recently restored.

My Internship


One of the anthro classes I took was called Illness, Healing, and Culture, which is essentially a medical anthropology class. My final project was about doulas and the role that they can play in reducing obstetric racism and lowering maternal death rates, especially among Black women. I had that idea of pursuing a career working to reduce racism in health care and obstetrics, but I wasn鈥檛 quite sure what to do with all that. My internship at the Redleaf Clinic showed me one possible path I could follow.


My summer internship at the Redleaf Center for Family Healing at the Hennepin County Medical Center was meaningful to me and pertinent to what I want to do as a career. The clinic works with pregnant and parenting people suffering with severe mental crises, usually depression or bipolar disorder.

I worked as a research assistant, doing various tasks that the senior researcher needed me to do, such as a literature review. Toward the end of the summer, I also did a lot of grant writing.

Putting It All Together

In the end, my internship at the Redleaf Center showed me that I don鈥檛 necessarily want to go into research, but that鈥檚 also helpful to know. I鈥檓 interested in that field anyway 鈥 the health care system and underprivileged people, and mental health and mental illness, with this nuance of pregnant and parenting people.

Study Abroad

I wanted to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, but I was a bit nervous! I went to Granada in southern Spain, where I lived in a dorm with 10 other students. Once I settled in and met the other students, I was like, 鈥淭his will be okay.鈥

A group of students poses for a photo outdoors
Here I am (front row, third from the right) having a picnic with my study abroad friends in Spain.

I took classes that I wouldn鈥檛 normally take, like Cross-Cultural Psychology, Islamic Garden Architecture, and a class about Granada and its urban arts and culture. It was cool to take classes that were completely outside of my major.

We took several trips within Spain but our big trip was to Morocco, which was fascinating. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life 鈥 I鈥檇 never been in a place that was so culturally different. We were there for four nights total and stayed with a family for two nights. We had host sisters and brothers, and our host mom would make these huge vats of couscous 鈥 it was the most delicious food I鈥檇 ever had!

We also went to a hammam, which is the baths they have there. We went with our host sister and all bathed together around a bunch of strangers. I just had to keep an open mind going into it and remind myself, 鈥淭his is different from what I usually do, but I鈥檓 going to try it out and enjoy it.鈥

It ended up being a super cool experience. There were whole families there, moms with their kids, and people just chatting. It was important for me to keep an open mind to these experiences that I knew were going to make me slightly uncomfortable but that would also be so valuable.

Taking Care of Myself

This year, just cherishing the time with my friends is super important. I鈥檝e had a goal of improving my self-care this year, which has been good for me 鈥 putting down homework at a certain time and going to bed, which has never been a boundary for me. And just being intentional with everything that I do.听I鈥檝e gotten better at focusing on the stuff that matters.

Friends and Fun

For fun, my friends and I like to go to different events on campus that take place every weekend, like Harris parties and Gardner concerts. For a calmer night in, we sometimes do game nights and play different board games or card games 鈥 Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is always a favorite. We also like to explore different events in town, like Jingle Bell Holiday, or go to Uncle Bill鈥檚 Farm when it鈥檚 open. We also sometimes take trips to visit nearby places like Iowa City and Pella to go shopping, go to new restaurants, and relax. Sometimes, we also bake something or cook a meal together. I also like to run on the weekends with my teammates, practice piano and organ, and read.

Hopes and Plans for the Future

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Passions and Possible Paths

I鈥檓 interested in pursuing a career working to reduce racism in health care and obstetrics, but I wasn鈥檛 quite sure what to do with all that. My internship at the Redleaf Clinic showed me one possible path I could follow.

There鈥檚 also a public health program at the University of Minnesota that focuses on mothers and infants and maternal health care. I鈥檓 very passionate about that.

Making It Real

I have some appointments with CLS (Careers, Life, and Service) scheduled to help me sort it all out, and I鈥檝e spoken to some of my professors about possible opportunities. Just taking that first step of making those appointments, I think, is going to be helpful going forward.

The professors听truly care about my success, and the open curriculum allowed me to听create my own path and discover what major was best for me. I know they鈥檙e going to be there for me this year, and I want to be able to continue that connection even after I graduate.

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