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Veronika Polyakov
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School: James Madison High School
College/University: University of Portland
Year in school: Junior
Major: Nursing and French
Activities Involved in On Campus: Blue Key Society, French Conversation Table 

What do you wish you would have known/done before coming to college? I wish I would have applied to more scholarships and un-learned procrastination.

What is one of the best things about college?
The things I am learning have very real-life application and I know that the knowledge will help me provide the best care that I am able to give to my patients in the future.

How has GEAR UP helped you?
I am very thankful to GEAR UP for this scholarship because it has significantly cut down the time I would otherwise have to spend working to fund my college education and gives me the opportunity to focus on my studies.

What are your future career plans?
I am planning to pursue a doctorate degree and become a nurse practitioner, working with impoverished populations around the world.