Christian Shannon

Host institution: Poznań University of Technology, Centre of Languages and Communication

Grant category: English Teaching Assistant

Academic year: 2016-2017
Grant start date: October 1, 2016
Grant end date: June 30, 2017

Christian recently graduated with honors from The University of Alabama with a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering while on the Pre-Medicine track. Though he is a full time resident of Texas, he took a National Merit Scholarship to move to Tuscaloosa. While at UA, he helped start UA Global Medical Brigades, the UA ONE Campus Challenge, and Be the Match on Campus while sitting on the executive board of five other organizations. He also worked on a biomedical startup company, served as an ambassador for the college of engineering, and helped in the recruitment office for the football team. He also had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for three classes related to engineering and medicine, and was a part of three different research teams in business, biochemistry, and community health during his career. However his greatest passion is pediatric medicine, an interest that started when he began working at a camp for children with chronic illnesses and handicaps in Texas. For four summers he served nearly four thousand kids in Ireland, Washington and Texas, where he is in the hall of fame for his work. It was in Ireland where he first worked with both kids and adults from Poland and fell in love with the culture. He is extremely excited to serve as an ETA in Poland and believes the experience will help him relate better to patients from different backgrounds when he is a physician. Outside of the classroom, he hopes to work with local children and implement a therapeutic recreation program and continue his love for serving kids across the globe.