Mary Ann Powell

Mary Anne Powell

Specialized - UHP

Mary Anne Powell is a junior in the Honors College’s University Honors Program (UHP), double majoring in public health and Spanish. Initially, she did not want to attend UAB since she was a Birmingham native and felt she would lack the true “college experience.” After careful consideration, she chose UAB and interviewed for UHP, and immediately knew she had to join. The small, tight-knight and intellectual community UHP encompasses has provided unmatched opportunities for Mary Anne. She has taken a deep dive into relevant topics and met incredible professors and experts that have opened her eyes to endless possibilities in her post-graduate career.

Once Mary Anne joined UHP, she hit the ground running. With the advice of her advisor, she applied for leadership positions within the Honors College. She not only joined but moved up in leadership in the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC), Honors SMART Leaders (Student Mentor And Retreat Team), and Honors Ambassadors. UHP and the honors organizations have given her self-confidence, professional skills, community involvement, exposure to health professionals, and top-notch advising that has set her on the best academic path to graduate in four years.

Mary Anne is applying her classroom knowledge by volunteering at Equal Access Birmingham, which is a clinic that serves under/uninsured individuals in the community through the UAB School of Medicine. She is responsible for taking the patients’ vitals and preparing them for physician appointments, along with filling prescriptions and taking inventory of the drugs. She is also a translator for Spanish-speaking patients, where she translates for the physician and patient during check-ups and physical therapy appointments.

Mary Anne completed a semester-long exchange program in Spring 2019 at the University of Jaén in Spain, where she will receive a UHP seminar credit for the courses she completed.

Once her undergraduate studies are complete, Mary Anne plans to find a fellowship that will allow her to study in another country. She is also contemplating applying for the English-Teaching Fulbright Program.

When she finds spare time, Mary Anne loves backpacking, hiking, and camping – really anything outdoors. She also enjoys finding new music and hearing local artists.

Due to her time in UHP so far, she can’t imagine being anywhere other than UAB.

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