My name is Peyton Sherwood and I was one of Watsi’s volunteer writers this past summer, and will be writing again in the fall. In the past 12 weeks I wrote nearly 40 patient profiles. I attend UCLA as a (possible) Sociology major and I am also pursuing a minor in English, which is what first drew my attention to my current position with Watsi.

It has been such a pleasure to develop my writing skills in a way that varies so greatly from the kind of work I do in school. It is a really cool feeling to know that not only is what I have written out there for the public to read, but that it also is impacting many people on a very deep level.

It’s amazing and also pretty hard to wrap my head around the idea that there are people so far away, in so many different countries, whose lives are drastically changing because of what Watsi does. Healthcare is such an essential facet of life, and I feel lucky to have stumbled across such an outstanding startup.

Social issues, such as healthcare availability, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights, are something that I am quite passionate about, so writing for Watsi is a dream. I am inspired by all the young staff members I have met at Watsi and they have acted as role models for me. Many of them are just a few years older than I am, but they are great examples of who I want to be, and do the type of work I want to be putting my energy towards once I graduate.