Local student advocacy trip to state capitol cancelled due to weather


News 12 This Morning/Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014

"It seemed like a great experience so I decided to go ahead and pursue it," said Nader Aboujamous, 2nd year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia.

"It's been on my radar for a while, I've been really looking forward to it," said Stephen Jackson, a fellow 2nd year medical student at MCG.

"There's about 30 of us going this year and I'm really excited," said Vishal Goyal, also a 2nd year medical student at MCG.

Aboujamous, Jackson and Goyal are talking about Medical Student Advocacy Day.

They and about 30 other students at the Medical College of Georgia have been gearing up to head to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, where legislators will become the students who will learn about MCG and the future of health care in Georgia.

"We're going to be able to interact and leave an impression on some legislators," Jackson explained.

They'll get the chance to talk one on one with some legislators about MCG and issues students face.

And there's one theme they tell me they're all concerned about.

"Loans," said Aboujamous.

"Student loans," said Jackson.

"It is an expensive endeavor," Goyal explained.

"I'm hoping the discussion of funding will come up," said Aboujamous.

"A lot of us have to take out loans to support our education," said Goyal. "So, we just wanted to talk to them about [options like] scholarship programs."

But, it's a chance they won't get right now. Because of the wintry mix threat of ice hitting Atlanta, representatives are having to cancel leaving these students
with mixed feelings.

"Disappointed," said Jackson. "I was pretty much really looking forward to it. But, I think it's best that we don't go up there and get snarled up in Atlanta traffic."

"It's important to be safe," said Aboujamous. "We don't want to be stuck in Atlanta and not be able to make class."

Right now, there's no word on whether this opportunity will get rescheduled, but the school does plan to send students once a year.

"A little disappointed but I'm sure that they'll reschedule us and if not this time, there's always next year," said Goyal.

The students would've also gotten face time with Gov. Deal and they're hoping these meetings will get rescheduled sometime this year, but there's no word yet on whether that will happen.


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