Jorge Alvarez is a student majoring in Public Health with a minor in Biological Sciences on the pre-medical track. Jorge is passionate about learning all he can about the U.S. healthcare system and creating spaces for marginalized folks like him. Jorge has served as a participant and Site Leader with Rutgers Alternative Breaks where he discovered his passion for serving others. As an avid mental health advocate, Jorge served three years on Active Minds at Rutgers E-board, where he began as the Public Relations Chair and recently completed his term as Co-President. Jorge works to destigmatize mental illness by shadowing psychiatrists and works as a Patient Monitor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he cares for people experiencing mental health conditions. During the Fall of 2020, Jorge served as a Research Intern with @columbia where he worked on a federal pilot program that served Medicaid clients with mental health and substance use issues. Today, Jorge continues to work as a Patient Monitor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is currently the International Veterinary Health Intern with Merck Animal Health. He works with others to provide countries experiencing outbreaks of transboundary diseases like FMD and Rabies with the necessary vaccines. Jorge enjoys making TikToks about his experiences as a first-gen pre-med and healing (@ijorgealvarez), where he has grown his platform to +3000 amazing supporters. After Rutgers, Jorge plans to pursue a post-baccalaureate science master’s program (SMP) to obtain his Master’s in Biomedical Sciences and medical school shortly after.