Surfing and dancing and Science

It was nice that we were able experience and participate in the dance, the trip to western university was also amazing, I learned much about the research that graduate students do, along with the requirements that it takes to become a doctor. How important it is to do good in school to be able to accomplish these things. Also I never realized how cool Myan math is and how complex it is. I wonder what my math teacher would think if I used that on a no calculator test??  We also watched a movie that explained how important surfing was to the Hawaiian people, which is nice to know that their traditions are very important to them.

2014 Applications

The 2014 Pitzer’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College Program Student and Mentor Applications are now out!

They are posted under the 2014 Application tab. They can also be found on the Pipeline FB group. If you cannot access or open the applications, please email us at and we will send them to you.

Please pay close attention to the new dates:

Pipeline 2014 Session: July 27–August 10, 2014

Mentor Training: July 23–26, 2014

Student Application Due Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Student Application Notification of Decision: Friday, April 25, 2014 by 5 p.m.

Mentor Application Due Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Mentor Application Notification of Decision: Friday, April 25, 2014 by 5 p.m.

There have been some changes to the applications themselves; we have added sections like letters of recommendations and essays. If you need any help understanding the new application, please let us know.

Good luck and we look forward to reading all your applications.

Health Career Ladder this Saturday!

This Saturday marks March’s American Indian Health Career Ladder this Saturday at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona from 8:30 to noon.

The workshops are led by WesternU medical students and doctors: past workshops have included blood type testing, fingerprinting, diabetes prevention, forensic science, and anatomy!

Lunch is provided!

If you are interested in health or science careers, come out and learn all about the Health Career Ladder.


Diabetes Walk – October 27th

Hello Pipeline Family!

One of our big events is coming up on October 27th: The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Event in LA! It is a national diabetes walk, with walks happening all across the nation. We are teaming up with Western University for the Diabetes Walk. Please join us to raise funds and support for diabetes, an problem that has especially affected Native communities. We would love to see all of our Pipeline family out and participating on October 27th! If you plan to attend the actual walk, please RSVP to or Scott’s email.

I have included directions below on how to join.


Step Out Walk Diabetes: How to Sign up

Go to:

Scroll down and click the state of California on the map of the U.S.

A box will pop up with event names and dates.

Find and click the one that says: Los Angeles, CA, October 27th

You will end up here:

On the left side, under participate, click Join an Existing Team.

The Team Company is: Western University

The Team Division is: Corporate.

Our Team is Western U American Indian Health Career Ladder and Scott Scoggins is our Team Leader

Click join team or click our team name and it will direct you to our team homepage where there is a big button on the right that says join.

Once you have signed up, Welcome to the Pipeline Diabetes Walk Team!!

P.S. If you are a participant and have diabetes, you can sign up to be a Red Strider! A Red Strider is a walk participant who has type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. All Red Striders will receive an online badge on their personal webpage and a FREE recognition gift on walk day. As a Red Strider you are a VIP because YOU are the reason we walk. You will also be given your own personalized webpage to tell your story and raise funds for the walk.

My last blog- Luna

Today is our last blog for now. I am very thankful to have met you all(: I am also proud of myself and my peers that we accomplished these past two weeks together. I will miss each and every one of you, you guys were all  unique in your own ways. I learned a lot about the health sciences and different cultural dances. I enjoyed my time here and i can’t wait to come back next year. At least most of us live in California so keep in touch so we can have a little reunion. bye you guys <3

Health Career Choices

Yesterday, the cadaver lab at Western confirmed my interests in the medical field. For a second I was questioning if nursing was where I belonged but now I know it’s not. I think I want to be a doctor. One of the med students pointed out my interest in the movement and muscles of the amputated leg  and suggested physical therapy. I liked that idea, I can add it to the many other things I hope to study. Maybe it isn’t the end of the world if I have to specialize in something. Maybe it is possible the I can do more than one thing. And maybe one day I won’t be so afraid of choosing one thing, maybe when I start studying medicine I’ll find my place.

An Elder and Bodies

Yesterday started off cool, we met and elder and she told us storys of her life as i have said in my recent blog. Shortly after that blog we left to go to Western which was the point in which we see bodies. I was in deep consideration of not going into it as, but before i went to i talked to my mum and told her about the situation. She said that i could but i couldn’t mourn the dead and if i did they would come back.

At first it was hard not to mourn, til I heard that they did it to help mankind better. So as first i felt light, dizzy…. so as the doctor pulled the cover off my eyes just opened up like an owl…

The best time was when i was given a shell, medicine bag, and a necklace… that was the thing that hit me the hardest… it was so so so so powerful…….

From then til now.

Well for the past few days we all learned about Diabetes, the native plants to california, Drums, and met crystal lighting!

So in Diabetes we learn about Type I&II, which is something we thing is not that dangerous but after that, I know now that it is something that could kill alot of people!

The native plants to California was the most awesome!! We worked hard, and became closer to the earth. So after we worked we ate and for some reason the food tasted alot bettter!

The drum making was awesome too!! It was my first drum that i have ever made! So making it was one of a kind….

And meeting Crystal Lighting was cool. Well I didnt know I knew her for awhile like the movie she showed in or the games she lended her voice for PREY! Well PREY is the first video game to have a native american as a the main character, and she voiced the main character girlfriend. Sadly in the end of the game she died!! awwww…..

And the day begins!

Yesterday was the first day at camp, it was such a fun filled day with so many great speakers. We began our day at 7:30 a.m. and all had breakfast together. We then after began to blog which was many of our first time. The biggest event that had occurred was going to Western University, the experience for me was greater than words. Just to be on a college campus full of students who want to be apart of the medical field was a great sight. There were six guest speakers that spoke to us yesterday, they all brought something different to the table. The first guest speaker talked about diabetes and how it plays a role on our community. The second guest speaker were two ladies who talked about our health and what type of foods we should be eating; they showed us multiple ways to exercise without having to go outside. The third guest speaker was probably my absolute favorite, because it was more of a personal experience and he gave us his point of view on diabetes. He was first diagnosed with diabetes when he was seven, its crazy to know that he had diabetes for over 30 years now, that shows strength and courage to me. The last speaker was also one of my favorites, she was a young doctor who gave us her personal story about how she came about choosing to be a doctor and her life growing up. She gave us tips on how to pick our right career and exactly the steps it took to get as far as she did. At the end of the lecture she asked us questions that she wanted us to answer to help her out with the class she teaches. So here’s my feedback to her: Some good experiences I had with a doctor was when my Dad would visit his doctor she would constantly be on him about his health. She built a friendship with both me and him and constantly made him feel at his best. When my father passed away,she was so close to him that she felt a part of her leave, so after I gave her flowers to thank her for all she had done. A bad experience would be my doctor, he doesn’t bother to explain that symptom i may have bothering me at the time, that when I go home I have to do my own person research about it. I would love to have a friendship type of relationship because i believe it makes it easier for the patient to open up. Overall yesterday was a good day and something I won’t forget.