February 2017: Albert Barrera

Albert Barrera
What year are you?

Senior

Hometown: 

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

High School: 

Jupiter Christian School

Major: 

Business Admininstration

What is the one innovation you can’t live without? (ex. Duct Tape)

I am extremely grateful for the innovation that allows me to store my fresh food for prolonged periods of time. Without a refrigerator, I would be stuck eating processed preserved foods that would eventually lead to my demise. Thus, I literally cannot live without my fridge.

It is 2 p.m. Saturday. Where are you, and what are you doing?

I can be found volunteering with the non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity, or volunteering in community service with my honors society.

What are your goals at UF?

The 4 years at UF were spent magnifying my strengths and recognizing areas of improvement and opportunity. Additional goals were to prepare myself for the next 4 years of medical school and use my knowledge in business to innovate within the realm of healthcare.

What innovative projects are you currently working on or want to work on?

The integrative medicine group is an organization currently in development with my partners that are doctors and medical students. Integrative Lifestyle Medicine is the revolution in healthcare and we are initiating the movement at UF. The ILM Group welcomes not only medical students, but anyone interested in joining the forefronts of healthcare revolution.

Why did you choose to attend UF IA?

I have a futuristic and optimistic mindset. Although I was always a pre-med student from day one at UF, the art of innovation is one that can be applied to any field. I want to innovate in healthcare and use the creativity and entrepreneurial practices learned within IA to achieve my mission and visions.

What are you involved in here on campus? (Clubs, organizations, hobbies, interests)

I am involved in the pre-professional honors society Alpha-Epsilon-Delta, gator weightlifting club, gator salsa club, outdoor adventure recreation and the kickboxing club, in addition to my integrative medicine group.
Outside of clubs and organizations I enjoy playing tennis, soccer, any outdoor activity, cooking delicious and nutritious meals, and practicing the violin.

What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming IA freshmen?

Do not follow the crowd; otherwise you will only go as far as the crowd. It may seem like it makes sense to do a traditional route, but do you really want to be another traditional student? Or do you want to stand out. You will most likely be chosen for your dream position if you stand out. Be different and exercise your creativity muscles. IA will help you do this if you take the curriculum seriously.

How do you plan to spend your fall semester(s)?

This fall semester was spent on self-growth with a focus on medicine. I ask myself, “why wait until next fall semester to begin my medical education?” Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, implements a rule in his business that I like to live by: “why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?”
Here’s a pro-tip: Chase your dreams NOW. If you lag, others will seize your opportunities.

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