Leah S


A native New Yorker, Leah graduated from Harvard College in 2016 magna cum laude with a BA with highest honors in History and Science and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. While at Harvard, she conducted maternal health and infectious disease research abroad, including in Paris, France, Geneva, Switzerland, and Kisumu, Kenya. Her senior thesis on the history of tuberculosis and antibiotic drug resistance earned her a Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work, as well as a published article in a peer-reviewed journal. After graduation, Leah spent one year abroad earning a Master of Science in Medical Anthropology with distinction from the University of Oxford before returning to work on a large HIV/AIDS public health project at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Currently, Leah is a student at Harvard Medical School, where she continues to develop her passions at the intersection of women’s health, social justice, and social science research.

Prior to working with Cambridge Coaching, Leah mentored students in a variety of capacities, including as a First-Year Outdoor Program Leader and pre-medical coach to Harvard undergraduates. She also has previous experience supporting students across academic disciplines ranging from biology and geometry to essay writing for college and medical school admissions (including applicants with non-traditional backgrounds!). Leah believes strongly that every student has an important story to tell and enjoys helping students reflect on their experiences in order to create a cohesive and impactful narrative.

Outside of the classroom, Leah enjoys (re)discovering Boston, hiking, and cooking.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate
  • University of Oxford, MSc in Medical Anthropology 
  • Harvard University, BA in History and Science
  • Biology
  • Expository Writing
  • MD Admissions
  • College Admissions
  • Graduate Admissions