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Logan Eberly ′10

Hometown: Evansville, IN
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Spanish

What work did you do in Chile?
Through the Rhodes-St. Jude Summer Plus International Program I worked with cancer patients and patients in the ICU. I also studied drug interactions in the pharmaceuticals division. I received a list of patients and their corresponding medications; my job was to cross-reference the medications to avoid adverse interactions between them.

What did you gain from this experience?
Working abroad exposed me to a new side of medicine. I worked at a hospital there and saw what different health care systems around the world are like compared to ours. Although the United States probably has a better standard of care, there are certain aspects of the Chilean system we can learn from, such as its universal access to health care. By blending different countries’ systems we can find an ideal health care system.

Why do you volunteer?
I take a great satisfaction in knowing that I’m helping people. These people need help, and if I’m not going to do it, then who is? You can’t just hope others will pick up the slack for you.

You also volunteered to teach kids tennis. What was a memorable day?
One day I was teaching a really little kid. I handed him a racket and told him go for it. He wasn’t doing very well but I figured it was just because he was so young. He started to get really frustrated and told me he wanted to hold it in his other hand. “Are you left-handed?” I asked. “What do you mean?” he said. “Well, what hand do you write with?” He pointed at his left hand. I laughed to myself, “great,” I just spent 20 minutes trying to teach a left-handed kid to hit the ball with his right hand. After that, though, he was a lot better!

How has playing varsity soccer altered your college experience?
Soccer has been my biggest non-academic commitment. For four years, I was gone almost every other weekend and had practice every day. But I loved it, and I’m really glad I was able to play here.

Do you think the video game Fifa is a valid way of improving your game?
Sure ... if you stretch it. Although it won’t improve your technical skills, it could improve how you evaluate the game.

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