Since then, International Service Devils has been her passion, and she has served as president the past two years. She and her executive team have organized and participated in spring break service trips for ASU students to India and, most recently, Vietnam, raising significant funds for these efforts with well-crafted ASU PitchFunder campaigns.  

Richmond recently shared some reflections about her college experience with ASU Now.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?  

Answer: By the time I went to India, I was three years into my biology major and nutrition minor and already working in the medical field as a scribe. I had learned so much about biology and health care, that I naturally viewed the slums of India in terms of health. Some of the people on the streets were there because of handicaps such as severe undernourishment, polio infection or mental illness. And no one paid any attention to the trash and stagnant water growing bacteria near where the children played. I realized that the polio vaccine was actually something I had taken for granted, and that many people do not have the access to it. This made me recognize that these types of health-care shortcomings exist globally, even in our own country. I knew I wanted to be a person who could provide relief from and even prevent things like this, no matter where I am. And I was grateful that my studies in biology and nutrition could help me to be that person.    

Q:  What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: Mark Twain wrote in “Innocents Abroad”: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness …”  I second this statement. The more places I see, cultures I get to experience and people I meet, the more I realize how small I am relative to the rest of the Earth. I have become more open-minded and more accepting to the vast differences in individuals, communities and environments. I have learned and am still learning to appreciate these differences rather than judge them, and to be permeable to new things around me so that I can continue to broaden my perspective.

I never would have thought I would be spending my college years traveling abroad — especially leading the volunteer program that let me do so. Everything about International Service Devils has made me a better person than I was when I entered college.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: Test yourself! And leave your comfort zone as much as you possibly can! You’ll be surprised at all that you can achieve when you do. 

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: I have accepted a seat with the Master's of Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University and will begin the program in June.

Maureen Roen

Director, Creative Services, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts