Diana ArredondoBefore the NEOMED Class of 2026 starts their journey, we wanted to learn more about students from this group. We invited them to share their stories. Here is one response:

Meet first-year medicine student Diana Arredondo from Elk Grove, California. Arredondo received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis.

What compelled you to pursue a degree in health care?

Hoping that I can make doctor's visits, and health care in general, less intimidating for people of color.  

Why did you choose NEOMED?

I was ready for a change, and NEOMED's values resonated with me!

What specific career do you hope to pursue? Or where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Maybe pediatrics, maybe ob/gyn, maybe anything! I’m very open-minded. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Geologist....then veterinarian....then pediatrician. 

What is your favorite thing to eat and why?

Mangoes (or any fruit) with salt, lime and Tajin [a chili/lime seasoning], because it is amazing and reminds me of summer.

What book or movie are you currently recommending to friends? Why?

I am currently recommending the new Jurassic World movie.

You are handed a plan ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going? Why?

Australia because I want to see the unique wildlife, but it is definitely my goal to make it to all seven continents. 

If time and resources were no object, what skill or hobby would you pursue? Why?

Hmmm...either surfing or playing the piano. 

What’s your hype song? Why?

“Shake It” by Metro Station 

What would people be surprised to know about you?

My family and I have four dogs, four cats and three guinea pigs.

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