For over 100 hours per semester, Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi can be found wearing a navy blue polo, black pants, boots, and a radio over her shoulder. She’s on the alert; if someone calls the emergency line, she’s ready to drive an ambulance to the scene.
Olateru-Olagbegi, an MIT senior, is a certified emergency medical technician. She is one of about 40 MIT community members to participate in the student-run Emergency Medical Services program, which she has been involved with since her first Independent Activities Period at MIT.
“I’ve always been a people person, and I think that has carried over to EMS,” she says. “My favorite part is being able to interact with different types of people. It’s a scary thing to ride in an ambulance, and I understand that I can be a friend to them in that moment.”
Olateru-Olagbegi is also a friend to the kids at Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer, where she has been a counselor and is now a co-director. In all of these roles, and during a formative trip to South Africa to learn about efforts to empower patients affected by HIV/AIDs, Olateru-Olagbegi has seen firsthand the importance of human interactions in caring for people experiencing medical crises. Ultimately, she hopes to use her formidable people skills as well as the analytical skills she has honed while majoring in computer science, economics, and data science, to work in global public health, helping to address inequities that lead to preventable deaths.