Written by Julia Dillon
This month Start the Heart Foundation has five new interns. These five individuals are DePauw University students spending winter term teaching hands only CPR, but what are they really like?
Senior Chip Locke is a Computer Science major from Minnesota. The pre-med computer science combination made me wonder how Chip would blend the two together. Chip says he “is interested in the application of data in cancer research.” While cancer research is a little different from Start the Heart, Chip is glad to gain the valuable experience of teaching people a necessary life skill. He states, “I am really thankful for getting the chance to interact with so many different people doing something worthwhile.” For fun, Chip likes to strum the guitar and shoot hoops. Working side by side with Chip is junior Sammi Bell. Sammi’s favorite part about being a Start the Heart intern is “hanging out with 9th graders all day.” She is passionate about the medical field because she is a people person and “there is always an opportunity to learn more and help others daily.” In her spare time, Sammi plays softball for DePauw, knits, and watches Netflix.
Sophomore Rachel Lahr is interested in medical research because “you get to help people. Rachel says her favorite part about being a Start the Heart intern is “getting to teach so many kids an important skill.” In her spare time she enjoys reading. Rachel teams up with sophomore Brady Tucker and senior Collin Henry. Brady would like to pursue medicine because “I have always been interested in science”, where as Collin believes medicine “is the perfect trifecta of a love for science, a challenge mentally and helping others.” Collins favorite part of teaching hands only CPR classes is “when it clicks for the kids and they get it.” Brady is the adventurous type and enjoys cave spelunking and Collin plays baseball for DePauw University.
All of these DePauw students are hardworking and display excellent communication skills, resulting in informational and entertaining classes. During the past eight months Start the Heart Foundation taught 4,500 people hands only CPR. In only five days, over 1,000 high school students have learned hands only CPR thanks to our wonderful DePauw interns.