The daughter of a doctor and a dentist, Lucille Weiskopf has always had her eye on a profession in the medical field, and has taken it upon herself to prepare as much as possible. Over her summer breaks, Lucy volunteered at St. Anthony’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. For a while she was placed in the gift shop, but at All Children’s she was able to “actually work with children and play with them and make their day a little bit better. I really liked that experience.”
It was fortuitous timing for Lucy that Upper School teacher Mrs. Peck fostered the creation of both the Pre-med Club and The Center for Medical Sciences at Shorecrest, just in time for Lucy to shadow surgeons in the field and learn from multiple guest speakers. “Her class is really hard, but the opportunities that she gets us to shadow surgeons and anesthesiologists and all the speakers that come in really opened my eyes to all the different jobs in the medical field.”
Before Shorecrest, Lucy remembers moving around a lot, from elementary school in Melbourne, Florida, to two years spent in her mother’s native Panama, and then to Seminole Middle School. “I spent those awkward middle school years trying to fit in while learning to communicate in Spanish.” But a familiarity with Spanish language later shaped some of her high school experiences.
For Service Week of her sophomore year, Lucy traveled to La Carpio, one of the poorest areas in Costa Rica. “I still have some drawings from the children there. One of the kids drew a volcano erupting because while we were there a volcano erupted. I was glad to be able to donate so much to them. A lot of the children were barefoot, they didn’t have any money.”