Donald was first exposed to healthcare disparities in Benin, a small country on the Western coast of Africa where he spent the first half of his life. Coming to the U.S. granted Donald the platform to pursue these interests through volunteer experiences in the American healthcare system during high school, and then again at Bowdoin, where he founded a club that mentors pre-med students from around the U.S. and helps them with their medical school application. He is particularly interested in the intersection of medicine and global health, with a focus on economic ways to improve health systems.
Donald chose to pursue the pre-health track because it allows him to incorporate his love for science with his long-term goals of improving the health of communities at large. Bowdoin's idea of the common good encouraged Donald to combine his interest in medicine with his passion for social advocacy and mentoring, and his close relationships with administrators, professors, peers, and friends provided him with both engaging academic opportunities and a close-knit support system. He believes Bowdoin has prepared him to become a well-rounded health professional, and to be confident and successful as he continues along his health professions journey.