Meet the 2019 Bezos Scholars!

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NTEMENA KAPULA
2013 Bezos Scholar
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Scholar Spotlight: 2013 Scholar Ntemena Kapula

What are you up to right now?
At the moment, I am a senior in College at the University of Rochester and as I write this note, I have about 17 days to graduate with two final exams in between that Mathematics Degree and me.

What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically, professionally?
As my four years in college come to an end, I have been reflecting a lot on one question that I aim to answer throughout my lifetime. After many conversations, I think the one question dear to my heart and that still stands out is, “How can I improve the healthcare of orphans in institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa?”

My current project engages the TED community specifically the TEDsters that are already working in children’s healthcare. They are helping me think through answers to this question. During the summer I hope to come up with projects that will begin to create some impact in the near future.

I will also be moving onto Medical School and Flight school soon.

In addition to this project, I enjoy collecting African Jewelry from around the continent. I will be starting an online business that collects African Jewelry made by disabled people and sharing it with the world. I hope to share their work and stories. This is just an interest that I hope to explore and see just how it evolves over the years.

Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar Alumni, and if so — how?
I haven’t really connected with as many BSP Alumni as I would like. I have connected with some scholars during the conferences and rarely on social media.

Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
A book called “Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents” by Dr. Jane Aronson. It’s a beautiful book that I would recommend any human to read. It talks about the lives of orphans, those that find homes and those left behind.

Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now? 
I find non-conventional medical doctors super inspiring! The doctors that are not only focused on their medical profession but also use their profession to create even more positive impact in the world today. For example, Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH is a pediatrician helping families tackle financial problems to decrease stress and improve child health by creating StreetCred to help families file taxes and get the earned income Tax credit, the US’s largest anti poverty program in the doctor’s waiting room.

Anything else you want to share with the BSP community? 
I am big on quotes so here it goes… “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou

Contributed by
NTEMENA KAPULA
2013 Bezos Scholar
Categories
Student Stories