Maria Fernanda Pacheco (GH’23) hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is currently studying Neuroscience. She was drawn to Global Health by the field’s interdisciplinary nature, and is passionate about harnessing the power of science, humanism and storytelling to enact meaningful change. Her interests include health communications, magical realist literature, biomedical research, early childhood development, medical anthropology, and global health equity and policy. On campus, she is the Yale Daily News beat reporter for the Yale New Haven Health system, an editor for the Yale Scientific Magazine, the outreach coordinator for the Brazil Club, a teacher in the Community Health Educators’ mental health workshops, a journalism mentor at the East Rock Record, an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Saad Omer’s research group and part of a project that is currently studying early childhood development programs worldwide. In her free time, you can find her reading in the Hopper library or running around New Haven!