Kristina Altomonte is a Health Sciences major from Woodland Park, NJ and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. This spring she will travel to Italy through the University’s Study Abroad program.
Kristina has served as a Student Senate Representative for the College of Arts and Sciences, discussing campus issues with students and bringing these concerns to the table during meetings. One of her accomplishments in this capacity was working with campus agencies to implement a new crosswalk between the Quad residential complex parking lot and the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
When she first arrived at the University, she knew right away that she wanted to be a student leader on campus. She quickly found her fit with C.A.R.E., the community service club. Kristina has also always had a passion for helping people, but this interest was amplified when she joined C.A.R.E. She has served on its executive board as secretary and president, and is now the membership chairperson.
Through C.A.R.E. has she gained experience managing club meetings and planning events, including visiting the Keystone Woods assisted living facility for trick-or-treat and craft events and the CROP Walk for Hunger. Kristina also credits C.A.R.E. with helping her improve her leadership abilities, time management skills, and enabling her to grow beyond her comfort zone and meet people she would not have otherwise encountered.
Off-campus, Kristina has volunteered at New Lands Farm, a refugee and immigrant farmer collective in West Springfield. She also raised more than $9,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation by running in the organization’s Half Marathon when she was a sophomore.
It was her month volunteering in the Central American country of Belize, however, that made the most significant impact on Kristina’s life. In the summer of 2016 she was a community health worker there, spending her days traveling to small villages around the country helping to set up clinics for people in order to provide free health care and health education. She also had the opportunity to see how people are affected by natural disasters after Hurricane Earl, while aiding in storm relief efforts.
For Kristina, this journey confirmed her aspiration to become a nurse, and to dedicate her life to community service. She plans to continue her studies at nursing school after graduation and pursue a master’s degree in Pediatric Oncology.