Centro Hispano

Daniela Romero-Cely, Class of 2016

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Spanish

Heritage: Colombian

Hobbies: I love traveling, reading, playing tennis, and watching soccer. 

Study Abroad: University of Gothenburg in Sweden 

Organizations Involved: 
Throughout my time here I’ve been part of UNCW’s Plastic Ocean Project, Chemistry Club, as a MI CASA Mentor, Centro Hispano Embajadores, Stand Up Paddleboard Club, and the Tennis Club Team. As well as the American Medical Student Association, MEDLIFE Club, and Tri Beta Biological Honor Society. I am a Study Abroad Ambassador, an International Student Mentor, and an ESL Conversation Partner. I was also part of and completed the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Duke.

What are your top 3 accomplishments?

1. I am a founding member of UNCW’s Plastic Ocean Project. For it being a club for a couple of months it has already made such a difference; really look it up! With this club I have also met some of the most passionate people I know, and I’m sad I have to leave it; however, I look forward to see what more is to come from such an amazing organization. 

2. During my time at UNCW I got to study abroad in Sweden for a semester, and I also went to Ecuador with the MEDLIFE Club for a week. I could talk for hours and hours about both of these extraordinary experiences. I went to Sweden not knowing anyone, and I took master classes while I was there. I definitely had some challenges, but I enjoyed every millisecond of it. In Ecuador I went to multiple villages helping in mobile clinics where I really got to interact with the natives. Man, they are so amazing; everything they do is remarkable. I learned so much, not just with books, but with all the people I met. Both of these experiences truly impacted me in such influential ways. 

3. My family and I moved to the United States when I was in elementary school, and I can’t believe I will be graduating from college in a couple of months. It is so surreal and this is definitely a top accomplishment, because it has been a lot of work, not just in my part but from my parents too; this is also theirs. 

What's after college?

“More school! I will be going to medical school, but before then I’ll be getting my Masters or 
Volunteering Abroad. I haven’t made my decision yet… maybe both!”

Dream job? 

“My dream job?! Orthopedic Surgeon, I’ve wanted to be one (and still do) since I was like four, but I am attracted to multiple fields of medicine so we shall see where I end up.”

Any advice to the generation rising at UNCW?

“This is something I know we hear a lot, but have the courage to live a life true to yourself not the life others expect of you, really love what you study and have passion for what you do, it makes everything easier. Also don’t forget where you came from and where you are going, be proud of who you are, and lastly I recommend you study abroad.”