JUNE 28, 2016 – When rising junior Elijah English (NHS’18) was searching for colleges, he knew he wanted to move to a location that was somewhat different than the rural farm town in Florida where he grew up.
His family is in the agricultural industry, and while he loves the life and land of his hometown, he wanted to try something new.
So the high school salutatorian and current health care management & policy major ended up at Georgetown, where he, as number 95, is a defensive end on the Hoyas football team.
“I like that there is always something to do [in the city],” says English. “I am pretty social, but I had to get used to the noise, the lights at night, and close neighbors.”
English says that during his college visits he was struck by the coaching staff and the emphasis on academics of the Georgetown football program.
“I noticed the respect the coaches have for the players, and the players had nothing negative to say,” he remembers. “The football system holds players to a high level of academic standards, and there are systems in place to support us. I’ve always had good grades, so that was important to me.”
Interest in Health
English says his interest in the health care system began in childhood, when his mother was ill with a kidney-related condition. He often went to the hospital with her and found himself talking to the nurses and physicians.
In high school, through an internship with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., English developed his scientific research skills, twice participating in an international science fair. He placed his senior year for research on the impact of an all-natural mushroom extract on cancer.
“It always made sense for me to go to the NHS,” he says. “My major is allowing me to grow in the business aspects of health care, as well as my interest in science.”
In addition to his studies and football, English will serve as president of GU Brothers for Christ, a Bible-study, faith-based group based in the Office of Campus Ministry. He, along with other student-athletes, volunteers as a mentor to middle-schoolers through the HIV-awareness and prevention Grassroot Project. And he and his teammates work with children who have cancer through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
To develop his professional skills, he will begin an internship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to learn about the various executive roles in health administration. He has also become active with the Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders (GAMBLE) program.