Gwendolyn Neumeister

Site: Minnesota Internship Center

Position:  Health Advocacy Coordinator

Location:  Minneapolis, MN


Hometown:  East Dubuque, IL

Education:  Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College

A learning or work experience that changed me: I was incredibly influenced by the summer that I spent on the Navajo Nation conducting research for my senior thesis in anthropology. Hours of personal conversations and religious services and ceremonies culminated in my proudest academic paper and a refined worldview and appreciation for tradition.

Why did you choose to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with College Health Corps?  I decided to serve as a VISTA with College Health Corps because I believe that working in public health is the most ethical way to create positive changes in others’ lives. This position allows me to work directly with low-income teenagers to eliminate health disparities.

Inspirational person/quote: A few weeks ago, I met a man who works as a barber in the same community center as me. When I ran into him later and asked how his day was, he replied, “Too blessed to stress.” Maybe catchy and overly optimistic, but the phrase has stuck with me.

One word that best describes me: curious // concerned

Place I would most like to visit: I hope to visit areas in Southeast Asia and South America, to be determined! In the meantime, I’m going to try to spend more time at the Minneapolis library.

Favorite food(s): mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas, acorn squash, pie, strawberry milkshakes

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

One thing I can’t live without: I can’t live without my rain jacket.

Hobbies: I enjoy backpacking, practicing yoga, baking pies and bread, and browsing at flea markets.

In 5 years I would like to be: In 5 years, I hope that I have completed service with the Peace Corps and have a Master’s degree in public health or a related field. Hopefully by that time, I will have honed my hummus-making and gardening abilities and feel confident in my life trajectory.

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