Alex Highet

Hometown: Irvington, New York
College: Williams College

Alex Highet is in medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Alex grew up in New Zealand and Australia, and moved to New York with her family in 2004. She graduated from Williams in 2013 with a double major in art history and French and a pre-medical concentration. At her graduation, she awarded the Friedberg Fellowship for independent study abroad and the Weston Award for distinction in art. At Williams, Alex was a board member of the Williams Outing Club and co-student director of Williams Outdoor Orientation for Living as First Years. She was also a board member for Storytime, a Moth-style speaking event, and a teaching assistant in art history and biology. She spent her junior spring semester in Aix-en-Provence, France. Post-graduation, Alex spent four months back in New Zealand, working in clinical research and exploring the South Island, and one year in Burlington, Vermont, working in pediatrics and public health research. In 2015-2016, she worked as a university English teacher in western Turkey under a Fulbright Fellowship. She is a member of Student Council and the medical school a cappella group, The Auscultations, and collaborating on pediatric tuberculosis research through the School of Public Health. She aims to sub-specialize in pediatrics or adolescent health. In the meantime, she spends as much time as possible outside, running, biking and exploring the Ann Arbor coffee scene.

In 2012 and 2013, she led Language & Hiking France, and in 2014, she led Field Studies Tanzania. Alex writes, “Our third challenge hike on LHF was a relentless, three-hour steep uphill which brought us to the top of Planpraz, where we had our usual baguette and cheese lunch and looked down at Chamonix. After lunch, we took photos and then discussed where we would go next. Our options were to head back down the mountain, hike across the ridge to a different viewpoint, or climb 2000 feet higher to the Brévent, one of the highest peaks in the valley, where we could see over to the other side of the range. My co and I presented these options and then walked away from the group, leaving the decision up to them. About five minutes later, we heard the group coming to a consensus and “LHF” was screamed in unison. They’d decided to conquer the second mountain, and the decision had been made entirely on their own. We ended up summiting le Brévent after an exciting series of snow crossings and ladders, and the view was incredible—but it was even better to see the accomplishment among the group. Nobody regretted the decision. We unexpectedly surpassed our goal for that day and climbed 6000 feet and two mountains.”