Joana O. Sampaio Soares Rowlands

Bachelor of Science

Biology

Hometown

Napa, California

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were

My mother, brothers, my tio Cookie, my Avó, and all of my tios, our amazing STEM professors, and of course Katherine, Laine, McKenna, Megan, and all of my wonderful friends at SMC.

My favorite SMC memory is

There are too many amazing memories to choose from, however one very memorable moment was my first cut into my advanced anatomy cadaver. I will always remember "blade up"!

I'm looking forward to most

Attending medical school while pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor.
"For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
— Neil deGrasse Tyson