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Alex Galvez, '10

Posted: 8/1/2013

Alex, you have a unique situation in that you went to HSP from preschool to high school. Can you tell us about your experience growing up at HSP? Having attended HSP since kindergarten, I was privileged to have been part of a great, tight-knit community centered on Christ and our Catholic faith. From an early age, the traditional grade school curriculum was supplemented with a strong religious education stressing the importance of charity and service to others, echoed by the school's motto ministrare non ministrari.  I hope to carry this motto with me for the rest of my life! 

As far as the social and athletic aspect of my time at HSP, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Holy Spirit Prep being a small school, I was able to play basketball, soccer, football, and track and field. I never had time to really take a break from sports and I loved that. Besides, away games usually meant a few missed classes here and there.... 

Outside of sports, I love the friends I grew up with and take pride in my graduating class. I still hang out with many of them when we're all back in town for Braves games, concerts, "floatin' the Hooch", or some other shenanigans. 

What leadership positions were you involved in while you were at HSP ? How did they prepare you for college and life? I always took sports very seriously in high school. I was the captain of the varsity basketball and soccer teams and one of the four captains for the football team my senior year. I think the discipline and teamwork learned in sports is unparalleled and will prepare you for the rest of your life. In college, I can't really study for a test until I workout or else I go clinically insane. I was also president of the school apostolate Project Bethlehem while at HSP, which furthered my commitment to community service. I urge both students and alumni to stay involved in volunteer programs after graduating from HSP . 

Can you tell me how your experience at Holy Spirit Prep kindled a desire in you to study medicine? I always enjoyed the sciences growing up. Whether it was Biology with Mrs. Lee or Chemistry with Mr. Reger, I found those to be my favorite classes. I took Intro to Organic Chemistry with Mr. Reger, which turned out to be my favorite course in college. I would say those classes and those teachers helped drive my desire to study science. However, my desire to go into medicine and become a physician was due to my parents who are both MDs. Medicine is a life of service and HSP undoubtedly gave me the necessary tools to prepare me for a career in medicine. 

I understand that you will be a senior at Duke University this coming year. Can you tell us about your experience as a student in Duke? My time here at Duke has been incredible. I am a Biology major with a Chemistry and Religion double minor, and so I have had my fair share of science courses, which has made academics very difficult but rewarding.

Outside of school, I hold various leadership positions within my fraternity Sigma Nu, one of which is President of Face Your Challenges, a mental health awareness organization that was founded in response to the suicide of a Sigma Nu brother five years ago. This has probably been my most meaningful experience, as it has led me to work with other students, faculty, and other mental health organizations to put on different events across campus. 

This past year, I have developed an interest in the administrative side of healthcare, which led me to apply for an internship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina where I worked as Business Analyst. The internship was a great experience because it was completely out of my comfort zone, but I was able to learn about ACA and gain a broader perspective concerning healthcare reform.

What are your plans after Duke? Plans for after Duke.... I can't believe I'm answering this question already, but I have decided I will be taking a gap year before medical school. I am about to begin the job application process, but I will definitely be in healthcare, possibly doing medical research. After my internship with Blue Cross, I am considering pursuing an MD/MBA dual degree. It will definitely be an interesting year, and I wish the best of luck to my class, all on the job hunt, and also to the HSP graduates of 2013.

Alex was captain of the HSP football team his senior year.

Alex with his family.

Alex with his mom, Gloria, in Savannah, GA.