Human Biology :: Ursula & Hans Moede Scholar
Cody learned the value of hard work and determination early on by pursuing excellence in high school tennis, a sport that he continues to value as a way to meet new people, strengthen relationships and work toward goals. In high school Cody also discovered what he would do with his life when he lost his cousin to plasmablastic lymphoma. As he studied the illness and the procedures she endured, a seed was planted that would grow into his determination to become a surgeon. On a parallel track, Cody volunteered in homeless shelters then and still does today, which has brought him hand in hand with many inspirational individuals who have shown him the joy that comes from helping those who not only appreciate it, but who also pass forward what they’re able to give.
Cody wants to give health. As an undergraduate in Human Biology, he is volunteering at Scripps Hospital, holding a research assistant position in a UC San Diego School of Medicine laboratory, and will soon be shadowing a general surgeon in the operating room. He plans to pursue an opportunity offered to a select few to provide health care to the underserved in a Chula Vista health center. Once he achieves surgeon status he’s leaving his options open, thinking he might like to join an international group such as Doctors Without Borders.