“I have been fortunate enough to be an integral member of several RSOs on campus and that would not be possible without the generosity of Lincoln Scholar donors.” — Jessica Yue
Jessica Yue, a College of LAS Lincoln Scholar, was interviewed during the 2020-2021 academic year. View stories from this year's scholarship recipients at the giving stories page.
Jessica Yue worked in a Level 1 trauma center in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — an experience that helped her gain a unique perspective into the role of healthcare within society.
“I love that healthcare is never static and a field that I can continually grow in,” she said.
“As a future physician assistant, I hope to deliver quality patient care, serve as an advocate, and help bridge some of the healthcare disparities that plague our communities. My patient care experiences working as an EMT on campus, working on an ambulance, and now working in the ER (at Carle Foundation Hospital) have helped me figure out that becoming a physician assistant is the best career option for me to achieve my goals as a healthcare provider.”
Yue said when considering her education options, she was searching for a school close to home with a program that allowed her to combine the subjects she is most interested in — human behavior and neurobiology. She found that combination within Illinois’ psychology department.
The Lincoln Scholar Initiative has given her the opportunity to focus on her studies as well as take part in experiences she would have missed out on otherwise, including her work as an EMT on campus and as an ED-Tech in the emergency room.
“I am incredibly grateful that I will be able to graduate with less monetary burdens and instead focus on my future career,” Yue said.