Born and raised in Staten Island to two immigrant parents from opposite sides of the world, I was surrounded by a diverse clash of cultures and family values. However, one thing was certain: I was pushed to be the best I could be. My father, a mechanic would come home and show me bruises on his hands and knees repeatedly telling me, “Marco, remember, please… become somebody, don’t work with your hands, work with your brain.”

Harvesting ambition, hard work, and the family values instilled in me, I now attend The Macaulay Honors College at College of Staten Island. I am pursuing a dual degree in Spanish, and Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience on the Pre-Med track. Coming from a multicultural household myself, I take pride and interest in culture and religion, particularly in it’s involvement in medicine.

Holding a strong passion that medicine is an undeniable right of human life. I am currently beginning a medical humanities research study in which I am exploring different cultures and their interactions with modern day medical practice and medical crises. I hope that through my experiences, medical missions abroad, and an integration of humanities, I can develop a global perspective on medicine and give back to the community.

I am humbled and honored to be a part of America Needs You. As a Fellow, I am confident that I will receive the resources necessary to cultivate my skills and professional development to help me achieve my dreams.

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